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Kenyan federation breaches human rights of footballers

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FIFPRO is alarmed that the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is failing to provide independent and efficient arbitration for professional footballers in Kenya, thereby breaching their right to a fair hearing under article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Some of the dozens of overlooked claims filed by footballers, with the support of their national player union KEFWA, have been pending since 2017.

FIFPRO will support an appeal by KEFWA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for denial of justice unless the procedures are opened in the very near future.

As well as contravening international human rights, the years-long inaction of the federation breaches international (FIFA) and continental (CAF) football regulations that requires their membership to respect the right to fair justice in professional football.

In November 2019, at a FIFA-organized meeting in Lusaka, Zambia attended by FIFPRO, the Kenyan federation agreed to set up a National Dispute Resolution Chamber that would comply with the principle of equal representation between players and club.

As part of this commitment, the federation said it would review existing regulations by December 2019 and would establish the dispute resolution chamber by March 2020. The federation has not begun the initial review due more than 9 months ago.

Neither FIFPRO nor KEFWA are prepared to allow the federation to continually ignore the legal and human rights of professional footballers in Kenya.


Photo: Kenyan national football players attend a training session at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi in May 2019. Credit: ANP