The ruling by the Independent Disciplinary and Complains Committee (IDCC) to dock AFC Leopards three points following and incident of crowd trouble in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash against Ulinzi Stars at the Mumias Sports Complex on Saturday 23 April has been upheld by the Independent Disciplinary and Appeals Committee (IDAC).
The club’s fans caused abandonment of the match, leading to the punishment which club felt was not fair and went on to appeal to a higher authority – the Independent Disciplinary and Appeals Committee (IDAC), which operates under the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
However, the IDAC ruled that the IDCC ruling was within the laws governing such incidents.
In the appeal, AFC Leopards stated that the IDCC failed to establish clearly that the fans who caused the abandonment were AFC Leopards fans while it also argued that Ulinzi Stars stewards aggravated the situation by drawing their guns at the height of the fracas.
Another contention from AFC Leopards was that since the venue hosted a double header, the IDCC failed to state clearly that the troublemakers were AFC Leopards fans while also indicating that there was no verification that the a fan wo invaded the pitch was Leopards’.
The fact that the match was abandoned at 1 – 1 and Ulinzi Stars awarded a 2 – 0 win and Leopards later docked three points also left AFC Leopards bitter.