Trouble loving Gor Mahia fined, again!


Gor Mahia FC players rush to celebrate with their fans after the final whistle. (PHOTO/...
Gor Mahia FC players rush to celebrate with their fans after the final whistle. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

The Independent Disputes and Complaints Committee (IDCC) on Thursday fined Gor Mahia Sh 200,000 for the crowd trouble that marred their Premier League match against Ulinzi Stars on July 2 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

At the same time, Posta Rangers coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omolloh has been banned for three games after he was found guilty for assault.

Omollo clashed with Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa during their league match and the IDCC found him guilty of aggression.

Meanwhile, Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru has escaped punishment after the IDCC gave a “no guilty” judgment on him.

During the Gor versus Ulinzi clash which ended in a 2-2 draw, trouble reared its ugly head at the tail end of the game when Waruru scored a stoppage time equalizer and burst into wild celebrations which irked the K’Ogalo nation.

The Green Army accused him of provocation alleging that he flashed the middle finger at them but the IDCC found him innocent.

in their element
IN THEIR ELEMENT:Part of the sober Green Army seems to reason out with their charged coleagues on the terraces.IMAGE/SPORTPICHA.

K’Ogalo, a 15-time league champion have 30 days to remit the fine and have also been warned of severe sanctions should such  unbecoming behavior be witnessed from their fans.

“The prosecution side (KPL) relied on the referee and match commissioner’s reports. The said reports elaborate on the events that occurred at the 89th minute of the game. Both officials explain that the match kicked off on time and the match proceedings were according to the laws of the game.

“By half time, the home team had scored two goals to nil. On the 73rd minute, Stephen Waruru scored for Ulinzi Stars their first goal. On 89th Minute, the same scorer, Stephen Waruru scored the second goal for Ulinzi Stars FC to draw level with Gor Mahia FC,” the IDCC ruling read in part.

Ulinzi Stars FC forward Stephen Waruru celebrates scoring an equalizer against Sony Sugar FC defenders during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Afraha stadium in Nakuru on June 18, 2017. The match ended 1-1.
Ulinzi Stars FC forward Stephen Waruru celebrates scoring an equalizer against Sony Sugar FC defenders during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Afraha stadium in Nakuru on June 18, 2017. The match ended 1-1.The Green Army accused him of fanning the trouble.

In another ruling, the IDCC banned Omollo for three matches after charging with violent conduct. He was found guilty of punching Ssimbwa during their KPL match on August 24 at the Narok County Stadium in August.

“According to the Match Commissioner’s Report, the match was evenly contested with no incidents. However, in the 89th minute after Sofapaka equalised, Sam Ssimbwa went to celebrate in the Posta Rangers technical bench area and there was a confrontation and bitter exchange between him and Posta Ranger’s Coach Samuel Omollo where after Omollo poured water on him, the Fourth official had to move in swiftly to separate them and calm down the situation. The Match went on to conclusion.

“However, immediately after the final whistle, coach Ssimbwa confronted Ranger’s Coach demanding to know why he poured water on him. There were heated arguments, insults, push and pull amongst them and it was at that time that coach Omollo punched coach Ssimbwa in the face where after Coach Ssimbwa fell down. The situation was contained and every one left,” the statement read.

Posta Rangers FC Sammy 'Pamzo' Omollo instructs his charges during their SportPesa Premier League match against Gor Mahia FC at the Nyayo national stadium on May 28, 2017. The match ended 1-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.
Posta Rangers FC Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo instructs his charges during their SportPesa Premier League match against Gor Mahia FC at the Nyayo national stadium on May 28, 2017. The match ended 1-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

Omollo pleaded guilty and has since made peace with his opposite number.

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