Friday, May 20, 2011

Match in Kenya Abandoned as Gor Mahia Fans React to Officiating Calls

On Wednesday, a Kenyan Premier League Top Eight match between Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars at the Nyayo National Stadium in Kenya was abandoned after 60 minutes when Gor Mahia fans, known as K'Ogalo Green Army, became incensed with two calls made by the referee and began throwing stones. Police fired tear gas in an effort to quell the crowd, but in the end at least an estimated 1 million in Kenyan Shillings of damage occurred to the stadium and the Ulinzi team bus.

Gor Mahia will most likely be fined for the actions of its fans, and it's not clear if the match will be replayed or handed to Ulinzi, who were winning 1-0 when the match was called off. The Independent Disciplinary and Appeals Committee will decide the punishment at a meeting on Friday. Already on the agenda for Friday's meeting, a February match that was called off because of Gor Mahia fans.

The officiating calls that got the Gor Mahia fans all riled up? A goal was disallowed for keeper obstruction and a handball.

Gor Mahia's next match is against Tusker this weekend.

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