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Teargas, running battles as Lamu rowdy football fans engage police



Police on Wednesday fired teargas to disperse rowdy football fans who went rogue after their team was beaten during the Maulid Cup finals in Lamu.

The match is part of the annual four-day Maulid festival marked by a section of Muslims to mark the birth of prophet Mohamed (S.A.W) in the holy city of Mecca.

Chaos started after Monaco FC fans protested the 4-1 win in favour of Deep Sea club at the Twaif Grounds in Lamu town.

Referee Mohamed Hamza’s final whistle saw Monaco fans troop to the playground and threatened to assault the referee. 

It was at that time that police used teargas to disperse the agitated fans. The chaotic scenes caused tension and fear among other fans.

At least 24 teams participated in the Maulid cup. The referee was later escorted out under tight security.

FKF South coast chairperson Fuad Ali condemned the incident saying it painted the event in a bad light.

“Football is a game that requires discipline from both players and fans. People need to understand that in any given match, there must be a winner and a loser.”

“We won’t allow such incidents here since they could escalate to something else. It’s very shameful,” Ali said.

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