Muhoroni Youth striker Wycliffe Ochomo can have his smile back after getting the clearance from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) following charges of alleged unsporting behavior.
The burly forward was captured clutching Posta Rangers defender Jockins Atudo indecently in the two team’s opening match of the season on Sunday 14 February but he stated afterwards that the touch on Atudo was misinterpreted.
The IDCC, as posted on the official KPL website, stated that it did not find any sufficiency to confirm the charges on Ochomo, while the victim, Jockins Atudo, did not attend the hearing.
“We are satisfied that Ochomo gave a reasonable explanation for his action and see no reason to penalize him for it. We would, however, advise Ochomo to refrain from using gestures that might be misinterpreted whilst communicating with other players on the field,” the IDCC said.
Ochomo, in his defence, stated that Atudo was his longtime friend and that his gesture had been misinterpreted. He said that he had merely patted Atudo’s behind to alert him that he had stepped on his right thigh. He further testified that his action had not upset Atudo.