FKF bans alcohol in stadia

Mashemeji's in a frenzied mood before a derby. FKF will no longer allow sale or consumption of alcohol in stadiums for security reasons

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has banned the sale and consumption of alcohol in all stadia in Kenya.

FKF boss Sam Nyamweya on Friday put on notice fans with the notoriety of taking alcohol inside the stadium during matches, saying such offenders will be declared persona non grata when caught.

In a statement, Mr. Nyamweya said both FKF and the Kenyan Premier League previously made a decision in their joint Executive Committee that, for security reasons, alcoholic beverages cannot be taken into, sold or consumed in stadiums.

“FKF strongly supports that policy which remains in force and must be respected for all matches organised or authorised by the federation,” reads part of the statement.

“As part of the match security arrangements, all host clubs must ensure proper arrangements are made at the entrance to ensure that no alcoholic beverages are brought into the stadium. Anyone who attempts to do so shall be barred from entering the stadium,” it added.

Alcohol consumption especially in football stadiums the world over has largely been blamed for crowd trouble including destruction of property that run into millions of shillings.

The deliberate policy by FKF should serve as an eye opener to other disciplines in the country like rugby where consumption of alcohol is prevalent especially in local competitions.