NAIROBI, Kenya, September 14 – Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards on Friday have had their fines reduced to Sh500,000 each by the Independent and Disciplinary Complaints Committee (IDCC) following chaos and damages caused during their May 12 derby at Nyayo National Stadium.
IDCC reduced their punishment from Sh1m with the clubs also offered a reprieve after the directive to play two home games behind closed doors was also quashed.
Speaking while giving the ruling, committee member Richard Omwela said Gor will however, have a larger financial burden to bear as they will pay an additional Sh250,000 owing to their former striker Rama Salim’s provocative gesture to the AFC fans.
“Rule 3.4(a) of the 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,” Omwela stated.
This is not the first time the clubs have found themselves on the wrong side of the law this season.
On August 4, the Sports Stadia Management Board banned K’Ogalo from using Nyayo and Moi International Sports Center Kasarani after fans caused trouble and broke seats at the latter during their match against Nairobi City Stars which ended in a barren draw
The appeals committee is led by Omwella with Milka Openda and Ronald Kipkorir also serving in the body.