Confederation of African Football (CAF) has imposed one million shillings fine on Kenya after former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto invaded the pitch at Kasarani Stadium after Harambee Stars game against Comoros last month.
The two dignitaries entered the playing area (Zone 1) together with their entourage in turns after the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, to have a word with the players with the Deputy President William Ruto giving them one million shillings to share.
CAF had earlier released strict protocols barring fans from attending all qualification matches as a way of curbing the spread of Covid-19.
“The dignitaries had heavy security attached to them. They barged through the stewards arranged by Caf security officer,” CAF’s ruling stated in part.
According to CAF Disciplinary Code (Art. 82.2), “The host association or club is responsible for order and security both inside and around the stadium before, during and after the match. It is liable for incidents of any kind, and can be rendered subject to disciplinary measures.”
Football Kenya Federation have three days to appeal the decision which was rendered on Tuesday or pay the fine.
By Christabel Airo