NAIROBI, Kenya, April 19- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has formally awarded Chemelil Sugar their abandoned Top 8 tie against AFC Leopards with Ingwe facing further sanctions after their supporters went on rampage.
In a statement released Friday, KPL CEO, Jack Oguda said, “The results of the said match stands as 3-2 in favour of Chemelil Sugar FC as recorded in the match reports and the matter will be forwarded to the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee.”
The ruling relates to the Wednesday fixture where incensed Leopards fans took to the pitch to protest against the refusal of the referee to award their team a stoppage time spot kick after Paul Were was bundled in the box.
“We take note from the Match Commissioners and Referees Report on the above match played at Nyayo National Stadium that your supporters caused the abandonment of the said match in the 92nd minute contrary to Rule 3.4 on the Responsibilities of Clubs,” the CEOs statement added.
The regulation state that clubs are responsible for the conduct of their members and supporters and must ensure they behave in a fair manner and refrain from violent, threatening, abusive, obscene and other provocative and unsporting conduct or language at a match.
It adds, “A club will forfeit any match which was abandoned because of the misconduct of their members or supporters. Clubs are financially responsible for the medical expenses and reasonable compensation for any intentional injuries, property damage or loss suffered by other clubs, officials and players caused by club members or supporters during or immediately before or after a match.”
KPL’s ruling opens the door for Leopards who have been barred from Nyayo following the fracas to be heavily fined for the hooliganism.