The much awaited IDCC verdict has been rendered. Gor Mahia will have to play 3 home matches in an empty stadium. The 3 matches will be City Stars (28th April), Chemelil Sugar (6th May) and Western Stima (19th May).
Secondly , the club must in 15 days present a plan for how they will implement security arrangements for future matches. Failure to do so will results in a further 2 matches being played in empty stadia.
In addition, the club must meet all IDCC expenses with regard to the issue at hand. AFC Leopards demand for 3 points was thrown out by IDCC. It was comical to see AFC officials play acting as if their fans have never caused fracas. A classic case of the pot and the kettle.
The IDCC verdict was rendered by the comittee led by former Kenya Rugby Football Union Chairman Richard Omwela. Other members are vice-chairman, Prof. Migai Akech and members, William Odeny, Elijah Gitonga, , David Otieno, Njeri Onyango and Penninah Wahome.
It goes without saying that the 3 match ban will hit the club in the three areas that matter the most: fan support, gate collections and public image. It is however encouarging that fans have increasingly started to police themselves