The Division One match [Eastern Zone] derby match between arch rivals Admiral and Sparki Youth played on Saturday 22 September 2012 was abandoned two minutes to time, after the center referee Musa Wekesa was accosted by unknown assailants and beaten senseless.
Trouble started when the referee moved to flash a second yellow card to Sparki’s Tobias Baraza. This action angered a group of individual, believed to be Sparki fans, who mobbed the referee, with much of the attack focused on his nether region.
In condemnation of the incident, Sparki have written to Football Kenya Federation, indicating that an investigation has been launched by the club, with dire consequences to awaiting the culprits.
However, they also directed blame at the hosts of the day, Admiral, saying that the match venue had not been properly secured.
-We as Sparki Youth F.C have instituted our own
investigation with the aim of taking serious action, including lengthy
suspension for any of our fans or official for the good of football if found to
have invaded the pitch and caused trouble. We will forward our actions that our
executive committee will take to your office for ratification, reads the letter signed by the club's Secretary Juma Shafi, in part.
-We also call upon Admiral F.C being the home team to elaborate what security measures were in place to prevent such incident to have happened. It was in everybody’s eyes that no Admiral F.C official bothered to calm the situation or call upon the security personnel to intervene. We condemn this inefficiency which allowed the situation to deteriorate. Local derbies will always bring problems at the Coast as long as Admiral desire to win inside and outside the field at any cost.
By the time of stoppage, Admiral were leading 1-0.