Police arrest over 100 football fans for flouting curfew in Kitale

Police arrest over 100 football fans for flouting curfew in Kitale

Some of the football fans who were arrested on April 27, 2021 at the Kitale Police Station open cells.

Photo credit: Gerald Bwisa | Nation Media Group

Police in Kitale,Trans Nzoia County on Tuesday night arrested 106 football fans for contravening Covid-19 containment measures.

The fans were arrested while watching the Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg match between Spanish giants Real Madrid and English Premier League side Chelsea.

The match, which kicked off at 10pm EAT, ended in a 1-1 stalemate. the second leg of the tie will be played next Wednesday in London.

The fans were arrested at several video show centres at Shanty slums in the outskirts of Kitale town during curfew hours where movement is restricted.

Trans Nzoia county Police Commander Fredrick Ochieng told Nation Sport that the fans were arrested by police officers who were patrolling at night.

"We are processing charges in order to arraign them before court for contravening Covid-19 containment measures," said Ochieng.

He further said that they will keep on with the surveillance to ensure residents who don't follow the measures are brought to book.

The other semi-final of the competition is scheduled for Wednesday night, with Paris Saint-Germain hosting Pep Guardiola's Manchester City at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France for the first leg.