Decision to cancel Kenyan football season temporarily suspended

first_imgKenya’s top football bodies differ over decision to end season Nick Mwendwa, President of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), speaks to media ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match between Kenya and Ghana at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on September 7, 2018. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: Nick Mwendwa, President of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), speaks to media during a past event. (Photo credit YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)Kenya’s Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) on Tuesday issued an order temporarily suspending a declaration by the nation’s football governing body cancelling the 2019/2020 Kenyan Premier League season.The order follows a petition filed by Chemelil Sugar Football Club and the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Limited against the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Secretariat, the FKF president Nick Mwendwa and chief executive officer Barry Otieno.In the petition, Mwendwa and Otieno are accused of unlawfully and unprocedurally cancelling the season and interfering with the mandate of the KPL, the administrator of the nation’s top football league.In a statement, the SDT certified the petition as urgent and directed that the order be served to the respondents within three days.“Pending the hearing and determination of this application and/or the Petition inter partes, the purported decision of the Respondents cancelling the Kenyan Premier League 2019/2020 Season be and is hereby stayed,” the statement signed by the chairman John Ohaga read in part.The SDT also directed parties that wish to be enjoined in the case to file their responses within seven days.Last month, FKF President Nick Mwendwa in a series of tweets announced that the leaders of the Kenyan Premier League, Gor Mahia, and the second-tier National Super League, Nairobi City Stars, were declared champions.Mwendwa then proceeded to cite the regulations of the federation that provided for such a decision to be made.However, the KPL strongly protested against the move to cancel the season without looking into other possibilities which would see the season played to its conclusion.The KPL accused FKF of selectively applying rules and interpreting communication by CAF causing a breach of its mandate.The KPL added that a decision to end the season can only be taken into account if CAF, which has not yet completed its own club competitions, had ordered all its members to do so by a certain date.On April 7, the KPL issued a statement suspending the 2019/2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The KPL said at the time that there was no urgency in determining the fate of the season.Related Kenya Rugby Union reverses decision to cancel seasoncenter_img Kenyan community project empowering women through footballlast_img read more

With empty new stadium, Rangers furlough about 60 employees

first_img Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 15th July, 2020 07:42 IST With Empty New Stadium, Rangers Furlough About 60 Employees The Rangers indefinitely furloughed about 60 full-time employees, a moved announced 10 days before Texas opens its new ballpark without fans due to the pandemic-delayed season Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US LIVE TVcenter_img First Published: 15th July, 2020 07:42 IST WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US The Rangers indefinitely furloughed about 60 full-time employees, a moved announced 10 days before Texas opens its new ballpark without fans due to the pandemic-delayed season.Texas owner Ray Davis said in March that he hoped to avoid furloughs. But the owner said in a statement Tuesday that severe financial consequences of the coronavirus-caused shutdown and lingering uncertainty of when fans will be allowed at games left the organization out of options. The decision was announced after four months of cost-saving measures, budget cuts and salary decreases.Employees furloughed worked in both baseball operations and on the business side, in and outside of Arlington. They made up 12% of the team’s roughly 500 full-time employees.Davis said the furloughs “reflect the realities of playing in an empty Globe Life Field, the shutdown of minor leagues baseball and other considerations related to the business challenges we face.” He said he was optimistic that the team would be able to welcome the furloughed employees back to work in the future.Rangers executives previously took pay cuts, and about half of the full-time employees had their salaries cut 10-20% in May.Construction of the $1.2 billion Globe Life Field, which has a retractable roof, was completed in time for what was supposed to be the start of the regular season in late March. The Rangers are set to open the reduced 60-game schedule at home without fans July 24 against Colorado.Furloughed employees were given two weeks of pay, and their medical benefits will be paid through October. The team previously committed to paying minor leaguers a $400 weekly stipend through the end of July.“We have spent a great deal of time trying to find another course that would be less painful,” Davis said. “I wish there was another way, but this decision is necessary for us to endure this crisis and emerge as strong as possible on the other side.”Image credits: AP last_img read more