19 Gor Mahia fans charged in court for derby chaos
25 August 2015, 14:04
Nairobi - 19 Gor Mahia fans have been charged in a Nairobi court for causing damage to public property in the aftermath of the derby clash with AFC Leopards.
The 19 were charged with causing damage to public property as well as mayhem and disturbance in the city, after they fought with AFC Leopards fans in the Central Business District Sunday.
This followed even more chaos caused by Leopards fans at the Nyayo National Stadium earlier in the day.
They all denied the charges and will have a bail hearing to decide their fate.
The Kenyan Premier League mashemeji derby clash between Gor Mahia and
AFC Leopards was abandoned, then called off due to crowd trouble.
Trouble started when Referee Rafael Nduati awarded Gor a penalty in the 65th minute
after Leopards captain Jackson Saleh handled the ball in the box in his
attempt to clear an Abouba Sibomana cross from the left.
Kagere stepped up to take the spot kick for Gor, but Leopards fans
started throwing objects onto the pitch forcing the players and
officials to scamper for safety.
Police efforts to calm matters
proved futile and after 30 minutes Match Commissioner Paul Kaunda from
Kisumu County decided to call off the match citing security concerns
after consulting with his referees.
The abandonment was a sad end
to what had been an entertaining match, and will surely see Leopards
punished for the mess, as it was their fans that started the melee.
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