AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia to play in an empty stadium

KPL Disciplinary orders that the two clubs to play in an empty stadium in their next home matches following crowd trouble that marred their league derby

After the violence that marred the last derby pitting AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia at the Nyayo National Stadium, the KPL disciplinary committee has now ordered the two clubs to play in an empty stadium in their next home matches.

The highly anticipated derby which Gor Mahia won 1-0 courtesy of a Dan Serunkuma goal, was marred with violence with fans fighting at the ‘Russia’ area, forcing the game to be stopped for several minutes before finally being completed.

“Rule 3.4(a) of Kenyan football makes clubs responsible for the conduct of their members and supporters, irrespective of whoever is organizing the matches in which the clubs are participating.

“Similarly, a club is responsible for the conduct of its members and supporters irrespective of whether it is the home team or the away team,” IDCC’s ruling read.

According to the IDCC, both teams failed in controlling their fans. They will also be imposed with aSh1 million fines.

Leopards will also be forced to pay an extra bill of over Sh100, 000 over their crowd trouble in the top 8 match against Chemelil.

The money will be paid to Avenue Healthcare for destruction of their ambulances which were on site during the ill-fated match. KPL however, did not impose further punishment on Leopards.

Both team’s next matches will be against Thika United, with Gor Mahia playing on June 26 while AFC Leopards face the Brooke side sponsored side on July 1.