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Crowd trouble sees 'mashemeji' derby abandoned

23 August 2015, 17:55 Dennis Masinde

Nairobi -  The Kenyan Premier League mashemeji derby clash between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards has been abandoned, then called off due to crowd trouble at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Sunday.

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.

Meddie 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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