Kenyan giants fined for fan trouble

AFC Leopards

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants AFC Leopards have been slapped with a Kshs 200,000 fine for the club’s fans involvement in a scuffle that ended in Posta Rangers keeper Patrick Matasi injured.

The two clubs faced off in a league clash on Wednesday 3 August, which ended in a 1 – 1 draw and after the match, Leopards fans chose to vent at the Rangers keeper, having felt mocked by the keeper in the game.

The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) seating to deliberate on the matter found Leopards guilty of failing to control their fans and as such handed them the fine that should be paid within 90 days of notification.

“The IDCC hereby holds that AFC Leopards failed to control its members, supporters and/or fans on August 3, who as a result attacked and assaulted Mr. Patrick Matasi contrary to the rules of Kenyan football,”read the ruling.

“As the IDCC has observed in previous determinations, all clubs participating in tournaments organized by the KPL must understand that the KPL does not condone any acts of hooliganism.

“In this respect, all clubs must observe the KPL’s Zero Tolerance Policy on Abandoned Matches and Assaults, which states that ‘A Club is responsible for the conduct of its officials, players and fans and will be held responsible for any assault on any person immediately before, during or after a match.” The ruling stated.