Kenyan Premier League (SPL) giants AFC Leopards have been docked three points after incidents of crowd trouble involving the team’s fans in a past match.
AFC Leopards fans invaded the pitch in the league match against Ulinzi Stars at the Mumias Sports Complex on Saturday 23 May protesting a decision by referee Andrew Juma to award the visitors a penalty in the latter stages of the game.
The trouble caused abandonment of the match and as a result and the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) has ruled that Leopards were on the wrong and the club has been docked three points.
“For the period from 2011 to the present, this committee has handled various complaints brought against AFC SC either by KPL or by opposing teams, relating to crowd/fan trouble, hooliganism, property destruction and even injury to persons.”
“The committee and the general Kenyan public would wish to see a more orderly sport viewership and fan conduct that brings respect to the sport. This would increase both fan bases for the KPL clubs and hopefully better sponsorship. KPL Clubs and their fans must honor, respect and uphold the dignity of the sport, the rules governing the sport, the officials manning the matches, other clubs fans and property.” The IDCC noted as posted on the KPL website.
AFC Leopards suffer the same fate as Gor Mahia who were earlier in the day docked points following crowd trouble in the team’s match against Tusker FC just a week before Leopards’ incident.