Kenya fined following crowd trouble during Harambee stars match

Kenya fined following crowd trouble during Harambee stars match

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Police lobbying teargas against football hooligans in Nyayo stadium Nairobi during Kenya versus Guinea Bissau match in March 2016. PHOTO:

Nairobi,KENYA:Kenya has been fined Ksh 1 million ($10,000) by the Confederation of African Football CAF following fans’ trouble during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match pitting Kenya and Guinea Bissau on 27th March at the Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi.

CAF disciplinary board charged Kenya with three offences after players severely contested referees decisions and supporters threw stones forcing police to use tear gas to disperse the crowd.

During the clash, Kenyan players lead by goalkeeper Arnold Origi furiously protested referee’s decision to allow Bissau 77th minute goal to stand, a move that elicited trouble with fans throwing missiles into the pitch halting the match for half an hour.

The demonstration however turned futile as the match official stood by his decision and Kenya lost 1-0.

Apart from the fine, Kenya has also been warned that in case a similar incident occurs in the future, the national team Harambee Stars may play on neutral ground or without spectators or at a neutral ground.