Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has handed two rugby players-Treasure Odundo and Venance Shukuba-for four and five weeks respectively for misconduct.
Odundo from Western Bulls and Shukuba of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) were found liable of foul play by KRU’s Disciplinary Committee.
With both teams playing in the second tier, The Championships, the duo were sent off when the two sides met on 17th November in the opening round of the 2018/19 KRU Championship in an emotionally-charged encounter.
The sending off was not the only unsavory scene in the match as the host team’s fans-MMUST- entered the playing pitch second-half but calm was restored soon after.
Shikuba was initially set to serve a 7-match ban but it was slashed to five while Odundo’s was also reduced from six to four. The ban will take effect from the start of the season, meaning, with already two games played, Shikuba will be up for selection after the Christmas break while Echulusi will have their skipper back on 15th December.
“Following the disciplinary hearing held on 21st November, 2018 at the KRU offices with regards to Venance of @MMUST-Kenya, it was agreed that acts of foul were committed by the player, Mr Shikuba, who is hence vicariously liable for those actions.
“Pursuant to the World Rugby Regulations, the player is suspended for competing in games for 7 weeks during the KRU 2018/19 season which is reduced to five weeks after mitigation. The sanction shall take effect from the start of the competition they will be competing in.” read part of the verdict on Shikuba, who once used to pack alongside Treasure Odundo in the Western Bulls back-row.
On Odundo, who crossed over from Mean Machine in January, 2017, the verdict read: “The player is suspended for six weeks during the KRU 2018/19 season which is reduced to four weeks after mitigation.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, the sanction shall take effect from the start of the competition they are competing in.” concluded the verdict which was communicated through the Union’s twitter handle