Maseno RFC has suffered a four-match ban from using home ground
- The Kenya Rugby Union Independent Judicial Committee found Maseno guilty of misconduct after their fans invaded the pitch and briefly disrupted the KRU Western region finals against Citam Kisumu.
The incident on 29th February saw fans injured one player during the game. Citam defeated Maseno RFC 15-10 in the hotly contested final though both teams use Maseno University pitch as their home ground.
The ban sanctioned to effect next season was initially six matches before it was reviewed and reduced to four matches.
Willy Ombisi’s judicial officer delivered the ruling: “The club is barred from hosting six (6) home games during the KRU 2020/2021 season. For the avoidance of doubt, the sanction shall take effect from the start of the competition they will be competing in.”
It was later reduced to four after Maseno acknowledged guilt and proposed an action plan to mitigate such indents in the future. The jury also took into consideration actions to control the situation by Maseno’s team manager, captain, and security personnel.
“After the four home game ban and before the reinstatement of home games, the club will be required to demonstrate to the KRU, their compliance to the home ground security requirements of the particular competition they will be competing in and mitigation proposals presented,” stated in the ruling.
The hearing was held via video link and the members who were present are; KRU’s Lawrence Terer (designated disciplinary officer), Michael Mwanja (fixtures & competitions administrator), Thomas Odundo ( technical director), Shellan Nyawira ( Maseno RFC representative and head coach) and Marvin Odhiambo (CITAM Kisumu RFC representative).
Had not been the disruption caused by COVID-19, Maseno RFC was scheduled to battle Shamas in the KRU Championship quarters.
In other quarter-finals, Kitale RFC was to face JKUAT Cougars, Kabarak University was to battle Marines Ruby and Citam Kisumu were to host Daystar Falcons but all have been put on hold to curb the spread of the pandemic COVID 19.