Fifa says Kenya face points loss over stadium security

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Fifa has warned Kenya it faces losing points in its 2014 World Cup qualifiers after letting safety standards slip at its national stadium.

Football's world governing body ruled that Football Kenya Federation (FKF) "failed to take all the necessary safety precautions" and was liable for "improper conduct among spectators."

This follows problems before a qualifier against Seychelles at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi last November when fans are reported to have surged for shelter when rain fell.

Fifa's disciplinary committee fined the FKF US$13,170 for the incident but warned sanctions for future failures could including deducting points.

Kenya begins the second stage of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup on 1 June at home to Malawi, with Nigeria and Namibia making up Group F.

The problems in November were not the first at the Nyayo stadium; five fans lost their lives in a crush in October 2010 during a league match between the two biggest Nairobi rivals - Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.

While in 2005 a 15-year-old supporter died during an international match between Kenya and Morocco.

The FKF has told BBC Sport that it has already taken steps to improve security at the stadium adding some measures we already in place for the 2013 Nations Cup qualifier against Togo in February.

Nyayo Stadium stampede aftermath
Security at the Nyayo stadium has been under the spotlight since five fans died in October 2010

"We have engaged the services of a private security firm to beef up the security at the Nyayo Stadium, as was evidenced during our match versus Togo," the FKF's secretary-general Omondi Aduda insisted.

"When this incident took place, during the Kenya v Seychelles match, we realised that there were two points from which the fans tried to gain entry into the VIP area from the terraces.

"As a precautionary measure, the federation - together with the stadium management - did erect a 25m razor wire to prevent this happening again.

"We have also - with the help of the police - been able to place armed policemen on the respective areas where we have also installed the razor wire to ensure that no fan makes an attempt to climb over the barbed wire to get entrance from the terraces.

"The Kenyan police are also establishing a section of their officers to be trained as event managers.

Aduda also said his federation are taking steps to esnure there is no repeat of the problems at the stadium.

"As a federation, we have also set up security and stadiums committee, comprising of very qualified and competent members, including retired police officers and the military, to ensure that we have programmes to avert any further crowd trouble in our next qualifiers," he added.

"We have also come up with a detailed programme of ensuring that only fans with tickets will access the perimeter area of the stadium.

"[There will also be] an accreditation system, which only allows specific persons into specific areas - that means no more unauthorised persons will gain access to the dressing rooms, the playing field, the immediate area around the playing field and the VIP areas.

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