Sportpesa Kenyan Premier League defending champions Tusker hopes of retaining the title took a serious jolt on Thursday after the Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) docked them three points for not producing their players’ cards in a Kenyan Premier League match against Zoo Kericho.
The IDCC at the same time awarded Zoo the three points and two goals.
Zoo had played under protest when Tusker did not as per the rules produce the cards. Tusker won the game 2-0 but the new verdict means they lose the same to the Kericho side.
In their ruling, IDCC stated: “The committee sympathizes with Tusker FC, for their breach we are convinced it was not deliberate. However, rules are rules the uniformity and consistency in their application breeds predictability and sanity in the sport,”
The committee added: “Our hands are tied, and we must apply the rule as it is. Tusker FC automatically forfeited the match as per Rule 7.5 (c) and as per rule 3.8 on forfeited matches, the match is hereby awarded to Zoo Kericho, on the prescribed score of 2-0 basis. The two goals of Tusker are cancelled and do not count.”
Tusker now have 29 points, three ahead of Zoo.
At the same time the IDCC slapped a four month ban from KPL matches on Muhoroni Youth chairman Moses Adagala.
The ban which is effective from yesterday August 16 also saw Adagala fined Sh 200,000 and his club also Sh 200,000.
Adagala who was the chairman of KPL Youth competitions committee had been accused of leading club fans to invade the pitch in a league game against Ulinzi Stars on May 13.
“We find Muhoroni Youth FC guilty as charged and Mr. Adagala equally of violating Rule 3.4 (a), in that they failed to ensure proper and fair behavior of the fans, and encouraged violent and threatening conduct,” the ruling read in part.
“We are guided in our verdict by Rule 7.8 of the rules which provides that the committee has the discretionary power to take disciplinary action against clubs for gross or repeated misconduct by officials, players or supporters of their club. Muhoroni Youth FC is hereby warned that repeated infraction and misconduct will if proven risk their suspension from the League.”