Voice of Sport

Kenya has stiffest fine; horrifying stadium in Nigeria gets off lightly

Apart from Kenya and Congo, all other fines were at $5,000. There were individual match bans, of up to four matches, on players that were convicted


KENYA received the heaviest fine over recent incidents in CAF [African Football Confederation] matches, being slapped Sh1 million [$10,000] for trouble at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi when the local national team played Guinea Bissau in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

A CAF disciplinary board meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 18 ruled that; “Kenya players severely contested a referees’ decision”, and that “ [local] supporters threw stones and police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd.”

Spectator

Kenya also receives a warning regarding security measures in CAF matches and in case a similar incident occurs, [Kenya] team may play on neutral ground/without spectators or at a different stadium, CAF said.

Congo [Kinshasa] also had a $10,000 fine slapped on them for a spectator entering the field of play, and police had to remove him, in a home match with Angola and for “spectators throwing missiles at the end of the match”. However, $5,000 of the fine will be suspended on condition that the Congolese are not guilty of incidents in their next match.

Individual bans

The disciplinary board heard more cases and took action on 20 of them. Apart from Kenya and Congo, all other fines were at $5,000. There were individual match bans, of up to four matches, on players that were convicted.

The offenders were national teams and clubs from: Algeria, Cameroon, Comoros, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, DR Congo, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Warning

During the AFCON qualifying match between Nigeria and Egypt horrifying pictures of spectators perched on electric pylons in a Nigerian stadium went across the world. But CAF’s reaction to the dangerous act was only a $5,000 fine and warning to Nigeria; “in case similar incident occurs further sanctions will be applied.”

– Additional reporting by cafonline.com