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Kenya: Gor face hefty penalty over Nyayo shame

[Posted 20 May 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Kenya: Gor  face hefty penalty over Nyayo shame

Gor Mahia await a hefty fine and severe punishment for the damages caused by their fans in the aftermath of the abandoned Kenyan Premier League Top Eight encounter with Ulinzi on Wednesday.

The Independent Disciplinary and Appeals Committee (IDAC) meets on Friday to deliberate on the matter as Ulinzi set a demand for over Sh1 million for the losses they incurred.

Ulinzi will definitely be awarded the game and Gor fined, but the lingering question remains what action will be taken against referee Sylvester Musonye who, after allowing Gor’s equaliser, changed his mind after his assistant Stephen Maina lifted his flag.

The referee did not consult the linesman.

Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier, said that while the action by the fans is not acceptable, the causes of such chaos must be addressed.

Better solutions

“We have always told our fans there are better ways to solve these things. We do not have to resort to actions that may leave people injured and property damaged. But we must also raise issues with the cause,” said Rachier.

He said had Gor intended to cause chaos, they would have done so when Ulinzi scored, but they continued cheering their team until the referee goofed.

“We were denied a goal, but the fans continued cheering. Then we were also denied a clear penalty. That’s what angered the fans,” he said adding that Gor has in the past accepted defeat gracefully.

“We lost to City Stars and our fans never attacked anyone because we lost fairly,” remarked the Gor Chairman.

Rachier got rare support from AFC Leopards chairman, Alex Ole Magelo, who said it is time referees got punished for poor judgement.

“Gor have a reason to feel aggrieved,” said Ole Magelo.

On Thursday, Ulinzi secretary Joe Birgen said they had recorded statements at the Nyayo Stadium Police after their team bus had its windows smashed and tyres deflated.

Some players lost property, among them military job cards while Stephen Waruru lost Sh24,000.

“Why were they (fans) destroying our bus? We had nothing against them. If they had issues with the referees they should have found better ways of addressing it, not throwing stones at us,” said Birgen.

Ulinzi players had to wait till past midnight to get transport - two hired matatus - to take them to their military base.

IDAC meets this morning and on the agenda will be the aborted match on February 26 when Gor were losing to Rangers and Wednesday’s match. Ulinzi were leading 1-0 when the match was called off in the 60th minute.


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