Three rugby players in the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Championship have been sacked by their club following an incident over the weekend in which a referee was assaulted.
Shamas Rugby Foundation (SRF) has sacked the three forwards together with head coach Stephan Outtou after referee Said Kenya was roughed up in their Championship semi-final match against Catholic University Monks the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi on Saturday afternoon.
Shamas have terminated the contracts of flanker Julian Ouma and James and Joseph Kangethe, twin brothers and former Kenya internationals who play in the eighthman and lock positions.
“The individuals mentioned above are no longer associated with the organization and are not allowed to conduct any businesses on behalf of SRF,” SRF founder Azim Deen said in a statement.
According to Deen, the decision was necessitated by the unfortunate occurrences on Saturday which the management could not fathom. He says the behaviour does not conform to the values of the club.
KRU and Kenya Rugby Referees Association (KRRA) both have condemned the incident that has raised concerns of the safety of officials in the Kenyan sporting industry.
“The physical attack on one of our referees is an affront to the spirit and core values of the game of rugby. We have had other cases of verbal abuses directed at the match officials but this one was incomprehensible,” KRRA president Mwangi Karimi said.
His sentiments were echoed by KRU Secretary General Ian Mugambi who said there was no room for violence in the sport in the country hinting at serious disciplinary measures for those involved.
“The Kenya Rugby Union strongly condemns the physical attack on center referee Said Kenya during the KRU Championship semi-final,” Mugambi said in a statement.