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Football | Kenya

Mike Barasa @ SS com

Leopards appeal Barasa red card



Kenyan Premier League [KPL] giants AFC Leopards have officially lodged an appeal with KPL over Mike Barasa’s red-card in their 1-1 draw against Chemelil Sugar last weekend.

The veteran striker was shown a second-booking in controversial circumstances in the 60th minute by centre referee James Kagera for protesting to assistant referee Carolyne Kiles over a wrong off-side call on a back pass.

The match was halted for close to 20 minutes as the fans threw all sorts of missiles onto the pitch. It took the intervention of the security personal and appeal from Ingwe players to restore order.

In a letter addressed to KPL CEO Jack Oguda, the former league champions requested to KPL to rescind the red card for the player to play against Sony Sugar on Friday.

“AFC Leopards SC herewith requests the review of the red card issued to our player Mike Barasa during Match Number 58 of the Round 8 schedule of the Kenyan Premier League held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani,” read the letter.

“It is our humble submission that the match referee made a serious and obvious error on the matter as he made a wrongful call of offside against the player when he was chasing a back pass from the opponent. Having made this grievous error on the face of the record, the referee then booked the player when he was retreating from the wrongful call by the referee.

“It is our view that this second yellow card and subsequent red card punishment to the player should be rescinded and the player cleared to play in the next league Match Number 18 of the Round 3 schedule of the Kenyan Premier League scheduled for Friday.”

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