KPL awards Thika points for abandoned Leopards clash

PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO Thika United's Moses Arita (left) tussles for the ball with AFC Leopards' defender Jackson Saleh during their Tusker Premier League match played at Nyayo Stadium on May 11, 2014.P The game was abandoned due to crowd trouble.

AFC Leopards have been fined Sh500,000 after the club fans caused the abandonment of their Kenyan Premier League game against Thika United a fortnight ago.

The KPL Leagues and Competitions Committee also awarded two goals and three points to Thika United for the match that was abandoned in the 83rd minute. Thika were leading by a solitary goal by the time of abandonment.

(READ: Fans disrupt AFC, Thika United league match)

According to KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda, the committee found Leopards guilty of causing the abandonment of the game after their fans invaded the pitch before the end of the match.

Referee Nassur Doka tried to restore normalcy but when it became clear it was becoming a security risk, he decided to call off the game.

The chaotic Leopards fans engaged the police in running battles in and out of the Nyayo Stadium causing damage to private and public property.

“The verdict is out and Leopards will have to pay Sh500,000 and forfeit the match. Thika United have been awarded the three points and a 2-0 win margin,” said Oguda.

The decision means Leopards remain 12th on the 16-team KPL log with 14 points from 13 matches after the league body opted not to dock the 13-time Kenyan champions points.

Last week, Leopards Secretary General George Aladwa demanded that KPL awards the club three points claiming that Thika United, being the home team, failed to ensure there was enough security during the game.

“Thika United were the home team, they should have provided enough security. Their players also refused to return to the field of play even after calm had been restored,” said Aladwa.

“We therefore demand that AFC Leopards be awarded the three points,” he added.

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