World Soccer governing body, FIFA Disciplinary committee has found Kericho based premier league outfit ZOO FC culpable of manipulation of matches .
The fifa statement signed by the committee’s deputy chairman Alejandro Piera sent to newsrooms ordered the relegation of Zoo Fc to the Division One league next season. The statement reads:
‘’The Fifa Disciplinary committee finds ther club Zoo FC responsible for activities related to manipulation of football matches and competitions, The club Zoo Fc is hereby expulsed from the Kenya Premier League Season 2020/2021 as of the date of notification of the present decision. The fifa Disciplinary committee hereby orders the relegation of ogf the first team of the club Zoo FC to the FKF Division one for the next season’’. The statement adds
‘’The Fifa disciplinary committee orders the club Zoo FC to contact FIFA in the next 30 days from the notification of this decision and implement a prevention plan as an educational directive designed to prevent and combat the manipulation of football matches and competitions’’.
Football Kenya Federation subsequently complied with FIFA directive issuing a statement announcing the expulsion of Zoo Fc from the league.
‘’In view of the aforementioned decision and in accordance with FKF’s obligation and in accordance with FKF’s obligation to FIFA statutes, the federation has expulsed your club from the 2020/2021 FKF Premier league season and relegated Zoo FC to FKF Division one League’’, read the statement signed by FKF Secretary general Barry Otieno.
Zoo Fc is placed last on the 18-team FKF premier league standings after 16 rounds of the 2020/21 season with eight points from 14 games.