AFC Leopards have not appealed against IDCC points deduction, FKF says
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) states it has not received AFC Leopards’ appeal in regards to the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) ruling that docked the club three points for crowd trouble in their match at the Mumias Sugar Sports Complex against Ulinzi Stars on April 23rd.
“The two clubs had 48 hours to appeal IDCC’s decision and so far I can confirm that AFC Leopards are yet to pay the stipulated Ksh100,000 required for the appellate process to commence,” confirmed FKF Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, Muthomi stated that Gor Mahia had deposited the agreed free.
“The federation has however received Gor Mahia’s appeal,including the pre-agreed fee. FKF has forwarded it to the chairman of the appeal’s committee to decide on the way forward,” he stated.
Leopards co-chair Mathews Opwora had earlier told Citizen that the club had convened and decided to appeal the decision including paying the required fee to FKF for the appellate procedure to ensue.
“We as the club have issued a cheque of Ksh100,000 and we have also instructed the club lawyer to take immediate action so that we can have the flawed ruling changed as soon as possible,” claimed Opwora.
“We have done our part and followed the required process and all we can do is sit back and wait for IDCC to contact us,” he added.
Gor Mahia Secretary General Ronald Ngala also went on to clarify that Gor’s appeal concentrates more on mitigation rather than the actual docking of points because the club does not agree with how the actual process that came up with the ruling.
The two alleged appeals come after the IDCC ordered the Kenyan Premier League to deduct three points from Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards as punishment for crowd trouble caused by their fans in their league matches against Tusker and Ulinzi in April respectively.
The disciplinary body found that “Gor Mahia FC failed to control its fans and supporters on April 16, 2016, during a league match, thereby causing disruptions of KPL Match Number 65 and the assault of the 2nd assistant referee following the conclusion of the said match, contrary to Rule 3.4(a) of the Rules of Kenyan Football.”
In Leopards case, IDCC upheld the decision of KPL to award match No. 77 to Ulinzi Stars on a 2-0 basis in line with Rule 3.8 of FKF Rules and ordered that the club be deducted 3 points from their current points tally, being a penalty for the violations as above stated, in line with FKF Rules and FIFA Rules Article 6.
The IDCC is the tribunal for solving disputes in the game of football managed under the auspices of the Kenya Premier League.