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Ugly scenes at Bukhungu as fans attack referees

The ugly face of hooliganism resurfaced on Saturday when referees and Vihiga United officials were attacked by irate fans after the final whistle of the Kenyan Premier League match against visiting Nakumatt FC at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

After the contest, which ended in a barren draw, centre referee Judy Muhonja had to be rescued by security officers and Vihiga United stewards as she came face-to-face with angry fans who were baying for her blood for allegedly denying the home team goal-scoring opportunities.

A shaken Muhonja was shielded away from the mob before being escorted into a waiting police vehicle that had a difficult time leaving the stadium forcing the officers to cork their guns to scare away marauding fans.

After the police vehicle left, the irate fans then turned to Vihiga United officials demanding why the team is not performing yet they have everything they need, with Peter Atsiaya, the club’s communications officer, escaping narrowly.

It took the intervention of the stadium management to save the situation with things returning to normal after 30 minutes.

Vihiga fans claimed the 43rd minute goal scored by Andrew Murunga, which was later ruled out for offside, should have stood and also alleged that towards the dying minutes of the match, they were denied two genuine penalties after former Gor Mahia defender Donald Musoti “handled the ball in the box” before Nakumatt defender Eugene Ambulwa hacked down Andrew Murunga inside the box.

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