The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Governing Council has made a bold move in the fight against hooliganism with the approval a life ban for fans found engaging in acts of violence in stadiums in line with the league’s policy of zero tolerance on hooliganism.
The council had a meeting in the ended week and passed called on fans to take the responsibility of ensuring the Kenya stadium is a peaceful place for families and enabling everyone enjoy the game of football.
“Hooliganism has tarnished the name of the game and stunted its growth. We want to build football and the league as a brand that everybody can associate with. A game of football should be a family day out and not a running exercise to avoid teargas. We are very serious in eradicating the scourge of corruption,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda is quoted on the KPL portal to have said.
Oguda said Football Kenya Federation had wholeheartedly endorsed the measure as the two bodies fought in tandem to build a sport that is violence-free.
Also, the league, working with Kenya Police, will be posting unidentified spotters at stadiums to pick out fans engaging in violent acts. Evidence will be gathered through video recordings and photographs. The Governing Council has also appointed a lawyer with the help of the Attorney General’s office to assist in criminally prosecuting perpetrators of violence in football.
The sanctions are not only directed at fans; clubs whose fans engage in rowdy acts will as well have a set of punitive measures taken on them.