NAIROBI, Kenya May 6 – Muhoroni Youth forward Moses Arita has been banned for two games by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) over an elbowing incident in their SportPesa Premier League Top Eight match against Sofapaka last weekend.
Centre referee Raymond Onyango missed the incident which warranted a red card and he has now been summoned to explain himself by the FKF referee’s committee.
“In the match Muhoroni Youth v Sofapaka, the centre referee Raymond Onyango to be summoned in the next committee meeting to defend himself, before a decision is made, since it was found that Moses Arita warranted a red card for elbowing an opponent,” FKF said in its statement.
Meanwhile, assistant referee John Alando has been suspended for three weeks after failing to flag offside Jacques Tuyisenge’s goal in Gor Mahia’s Top Eight win over Ushuru last weekend.
Gor won the match 1-0 and Ushuru coach Ken Kenyatta was incensed with the decision.
“It is okay to lose, but not in that manner. All I know is that my team never lost the game because they (Gor) scored an offside goal,” an angered Kenyatta said after the match.
This decision comes a few weeks after two other referees Jafeth Juma and Duncan Mudaki were suspended until June over other cases of poor handling of matches.
Juma was reprimanded for failing to send off an Ushuru player despite booking him twice.
Mudaki got his punishment for failing to send off an Ushuru player who denied Mathare United a goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling a ball on the line.
At the same time, the committee also moved to serve center referee Antony Ogwayo with a warning letter for inconsistency in the application of the laws of the game in Ulinzi’s Top Eight match against AFC Leopards played over the weekend.
The committee has also resolved to come up with a code of regulation to act as a guideline in dealing with poor officiating and introduce a score sheet to aid in evaluation of referees and match commissioners’ performances.