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Fifa hands Kenya huge fine

by Fred Maingi 17 March 2012
Kenya has been slapped with a Kshs1.2million fine by the world football governing body (Fifa) disciplinary committee due to breach of security during international matches.

The committee felt that Football Kenya Federation(FKF) had failed to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure that security and order was maintained during the Fifa world cup preliminary tie between Kenya and Seychelles.

The match that Kenya won 5-0 was staged at Nyayo National Stadium on 15th November last year.

According to a report send by the match commissioner Walter Nyamilandu and the assigned security officer, it was noted with concern that spectators from the Russia stands caused a near stampede as they flocked to the main stand after a down pour before the match.

This action saw fans jump over the barriers as they tried to force their way to the sheltered VIP stand. It was also noted that the Kenya Police Security organs took time to control the situation.

In their decision, the disciplinary committee argued that the federation was held liable for improper conduct among spectators and therefore in violation of article 67 para 1 and 3 of the Fifa disciplinary code.

The stadium’s management has failed to give a correct figure on the actual capacity of the stadium forcing Fifa to down grade the stadia.

The stadium management maintain that it’s a 30 000 seater but Fifa has informed the federation to allow only 16 000. The federation has been holding joint meetings with the relevant security organs on ways of improving safety measures.

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