FKF warns clubs to withdraw court cases
FKF Chairman Sam Nyamweya said the federation will not entertain wrangles in clubs that go to an extend of being taken to the courts pavement. "We have taken with concern ,added Nyamweya,the current state of affairs that have brought confusion in AFC Leopards S.C leadership where some individuals have taken over the leadership of the club by obtaining court orders thus violating the FIFA statutes which clearly prohibits ordinary courts of law from ruling on football related disputes, our federation recently ratified their own constitution in line with FIFA’S statutes ".
Nyamweya said Football related disputes must be brought before an Independent Arbitration tribunal who will resolve any matter brought before them as courts do not have the Juridication to rule over the matters.
"We have a local sports arbitration tribunal under the NOCK led by renowned lawyer Sharad Rao which is internationally recognised by all Kenya sports disciplines, Clubs must first bring any dispute to the FKF Independent Appeals Tribunal who will make a ruling ‘added Nyamweya’
"As a federation, added Nyamweya,we will not allow coups on elected club officials ,and will maintain that the Federation will continue to recognise the elected AFC Leopards officials led by Alex Ole Magelo.Those trying to take over the reigns of the club through the courts must first go through the Arbitration process." "I support the statement by former AFC Leopards players led by Peter Lichungu, Mohammed Abbas, George Sunguti, Tony Lidonde, Justus Muhati who urged the faction opposing the current Chairman (Alex Ole Magelo) to refer the matter to the federation.
The tribunal functions are similar to a court of law except that the process is more flexible and less formal.
Internationally all matters or disputes in Sports are handled by the International Sports Tribunal(CAS) based in Lussane Switzerland.