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Gor calls for sterner action for red cards


NAIROBI, Kenya, January 24- Gor Mahia FC have called on more severe punishment for players who receive a straight red card in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

This was among the recommendations presented by the well supported community club when the top flight competition management body invited the 16 sides in the league to make their submissions to the proposed Kenyan Premier League Rule Book.

Gor assistant secretary, Ronald Ngala, who presented K’Ogalo’s proposals to the guidelines set to be published soon said in reference to Article 20.1., said:

“There is need for distinction between two yellow cards, hence a red card, and a ‘straight red card. The former should attract a two-match ban while the latter should attract a three-match ban. This will improve on discipline amongst players.”

Gor also cast aspersions on Article 4.7 that states a match abandoned for floodlight failure should see the remaining period re-played.

“Would one imagine replaying a match for two minutes if the lights went off at the 88th minute of the previous match?” he posed.

Clubs have a Wednesday deadline to submit their views on the draft before it is published ahead of the new season that kicks-off on February 12.

KPL chief executive, Jack Oguda, said the rule book had incorporated Fifa and CAF statutes and is aimed at ensuring the competition runs smoothly.

It seeks to rein in on crowd trouble with Gor among the clubs most affected by skirmishes from the stands in the past two seasons.

Besides that, the guidelines also border on competition structure, participation and entry regulations, dates and venues for matches, team sheets, match officials, financial provision and issues on players selected for international duty amongst others.