FKF Premier league side Zoo Kericho has said it will appeal and seek stay over, following a decision from World Governing Football Body, FIFA, which found the club guilty of having been involved in match manipulation in violation of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (2019 edition).
According to Club Chairman Ken Ochieng, they will take full advantage of the 30-day appeal window to lodge a complaint at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) under certificate of urgency.
“I will seek stay order execution at CAS because there is a provision to continue with the league when we are still going on with the case,” vowed Ochieng.
The Kericho based club was sanctioned by FIFA over offenses related to a series of matches in the Kenyan Premier League deemed to have been manipulated between 2018 and 2020 by individuals belonging to the club, as a consequence of which the club has been held responsible for the behavior of its members.
“In particular, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee determined that Zoo FC had breached article 8 (Responsibility) and article 18 (Manipulation of football matches and competitions) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code”
“In light of the above, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to expel Zoo FC from the Kenyan Premier League (2020/2021 season) as of the date of notification of this decision and to assign it to FKF Division One for the next season” part of the statement on FIFA website read.
The club further cast aspersions on the report from Zurich referring to it as inadequate and its findings doubtful.
“The events purportedly leading to the charge involve two of the then Kenyan Premier League matches, now known as the Football Kenya Federation Premier League. The first match was played on January 27, 2019, in Machakos between Sofapaka and Zoo and the second was played on March 1, 2020, between Wazito FC and Zoo” read the excerpt of the club release.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee ordered 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.
The formal disciplinary proceedings against the aforementioned club stemmed from an investigation conducted by FIFA through its Integrity Department, in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities and in accordance with mandate conferred upon it by the Football Kenya Federation and the Confederation of African Football.