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Leopards fined Sh500,000, docked points

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AFC-FANSNAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – AFC Leopards have been slapped with a hefty Sh500, 000 fine for failing to control their supporters in their abandoned match against Thika United as Kenyan Premier League (KPL) awarded the game to the latter.

According to the ruling released by Independent Disciplinary Council Committee (IDCC) on Wednesday, Ingwe have 30 days to pay the fine as they lost further ground with the summit after seeing three crucial points taken from them.

The match was called of in the 83rd minute when Leopards fans invaded the Nyayo National Stadium pitch with Thika leading 1-0 courtesy of captain Dennis Odhiambo’s free-kick to protest against Secretary General, George Aladwa.

“Leopards SC failed to control its supporters and thereby causing abandonment of the match contrary to Rule 3.4(a) and (b) of the Rules of Kenyan Football 1998. Thika United is hereby awarded the match on a 2-0 score and 3 points.

“We shall issue a reasoned ruling on this matter May 30th,” the ruling read.

Leopards who appointed new coach Hendrik Pieter De Jongh, on Monday are 12th on the log with 14 points after winning three, drawing five and losing three and travelled for the inaugural Cecafa Nile Basin tournament in Sudan.

When contacted about the protests earlier, Aladwa labelled the fans who forced the abandonment as “hooligans who are not genuine fans of the club.”

Aladwa accompanied the team to Sudan.

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