The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has charged AFC Leopards over the incidents that marred the league match pitting the club against Ulinzi Stars on Saturday 23 April at the Mumias Sports Complex.
The team’s fans invaded the pitch in protest of an 81st minute penalty awarded to Ulinzi Stars and caused abandonment, in the process attacking the referee and the KPL has awarded Ulinzi Stars a 2 – 0 win from the game that was poised at 1 – 1 at the time of abandonment.
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The club has further been ordered to appear before the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Commission (IDCC) on Thursday 28 April to respond to the charges surrounding the abandonment of the game.
The charges as posted on the KPL website are:
That, after a penalty kick was awarded in the 81st min the AFC Leopards SC steward confronted the Centre Referee in protest of the awarding of the penalty kick which led to spectators starting to throw stones, alcohol bottles and other objects to Ulinzi Stars FC technical bench;
That, the AFC Leopards SC player No. 26 Ambulwa Eugene had an altercation with Ulinzi Stars FC player No.2 Kokoyo Geoffrey;
That, AFC Leopards SC caused the abandonment of the match as indicated in the Match Officials reports and in accordance with Rule 3.4 Responsibilities of Clubs (b) Abandoned Matches the match is therefore awarded to Ulinzi Stars FC on a 2-0 basis in accordance to Rule 3.7 Abandoned Matches and 3.8 Forfeited Matches;
That, the AFC Leopards SC failed to provide adequate security that lead to the loss of property belonging to the match officials and the club is culpable.
A hearing by the IDCC will he held on Thursday where AFC Leopards have been summoned to respond to the charges.