The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Disciplinary Committee has directed that the indefinite suspensions of Shabana FC head coach Gilbert Selebwa and club official Geoffrey Atoti on grounds of misconduct after being alleged to have accosted the centre referee as well as one of his assistants in a past National Super League (NSL) game be lifted with immediate effect with no further action to be taken against the two.
The Committee sat on Thursday 21 February to deliberate on whether the suspensions of the two had fallen along the rules governing Kenyan Football and also if the allegations of misconduct were proven, which it found were not.
In its assessment, the Committee ruled that even though FKF was justified in suspending the two with accordance with article 7.12 of the Rules of Football Kenya that gives the federation the power to suspend any member or official of a football club, it should have facilitated for the hearing of the case be conducted at least within 10 days of the suspensions to “avoid the likelihood of any innocent member being punished for an accusation that he or she may successfully defend themselves against.”
The ruling was unanimous with the two parties ordered to bear the costs of the proceedings.
It was alleged that on January 16th during an NSL match between Shabana FC and Eldoret Youth that ended in a 1-0 win in favour of the latter, Selebwa and Atoti disputing an offside call, attacked the linesman who had made the call slapping him several times before turning their anger to the centre referee.
Since Selebwa’s suspension, Shabana under assistant Andrew Kanuli have played eight games winning four and losing four with their latest victory, a 1-0 win over Thika United at the Thika Stadium on Friday 22, helping lift the side up to 6th on the log with 25 points.