Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League side Gor Mahia have gotten some temporary reprieve after the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) suspended the decision to dock the club three points and have them play two matches behind closed doors over chaos that marred their abandoned match with Vihiga Bullets at the Kasarani Stadium in February.
The record Kenyan champions moved to court to challenge the decision of the committee chaired by retired Justice Aaron Ringera, the tribunal pronouncing itself on the matter by ordering the suspension of the decision until the case before it is heard and determined.
“That pending the hearing and determination of this application interpartes before this honorable tribunal, an order be and is hereby issued suspending the implementation of the sanctions in the letter dated 10th March 2022 as against the petitioner,” the tribunal said.
Chaos erupted in the game at Kasarani in the penultimate stages of the opening half while Gor Mahia were leading the game 1-0 thanks to a header by George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.
Citing safety reasons, Vihiga Bullets refused to come back for the second half of the game which witnessed three people rushed to hospital with injuries and several windows broken.
The FKF Caretaker committee released its judgment on Thursday handing Bullets three points with a 2-0 score and also ordered that the team plays two games without fans.
“Gor Mahia FC is hereby given a two-match empty stadium ban and, therefore, should play its next two home league matches behind closed doors. The matter has also been referred to the Disciplinary Committee for further action,” the committee said in its verdict.
The decision has however been put on hold, pending the court’s ruling and Gor Mahia have called on their fans to attend their match at home to Kenya Police FC in Kisumu on Sunday.