Reprieve for Gor Mahia as SDT issues stay order on FKF sanction

4th December 2023

The 20-time Kenyan champions had been ordered to play 5 home matches without fans by FKF.

Gor Mahia fans. PHOTO| SportPesa
Gor Mahia fans. PHOTO| SportPesa
  • K'Ogalo were slapped with a fine of Kshs. 500,000 following the chaos witnessed after their game against Murang'a.
  • They were also ordered to play their next five home matches behind close doors.
  • Those santions have been temporarily vacated till 13 December when direction will be given by the SDT.

Record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia have been granted temporary relief after the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) issued a stay order vacating sanctions imposed on them the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) back in November.

In the sanction, the 20-time Kenyan champions were slapped with a fine of Kshs. 500,000 the FKF Competition Committee and were ordered to play their next five home games behind closed doors following the chaotic scenes witnessed in their game against Murang’a Seal.

In that clash, a section of the K’Ogalo fans wreaked havoc as they destroyed seats at Kasarani Stadium in protest of the officiating that had seen their side held to a barren stalemate by the league debutants, leading to sanctions from FKF and Sports Kenya who also slapped them with a fine of Ksh. 1,995,000 for the damages.

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However, in a ruling on Monday 4 December, the John Ohaga-led SDT vacated the sanctions imposed by the FKF Competition Committee following a stay order granted to Gor Mahia who moved to court to challenge the sanctions.

“It is hereby ordered that the 1st (FKF) and 2nd Respondents (Competitions Committee) be and are hereby restrained from imposing the sanctions contained in the 2nd Respondents letter dated 16th November 2023 pending the hearing and determination of the application,” the ruling seen by SportPesa News read.

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The SDT however did not mention anything on the Sports Kenya sanction that barred Gor from using any of its facilities before paying the 1.9million fine.

The SDT announced that the directions for the case certified as urgent will be given on 13 December after response from the respondents in the case.

That the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Respondent (Sports Kenya) shall have seven (7) days after service upon them of the application to file their respective Responses. The matter shall be listed for mention for further directions on Wednesday 13th December 2023 at 2:30 pm via Microsoft Teams,” SDT directed.

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