Kenyan Premier League side Nairobi City Stars have released a statement after their head coach Sanjin Alagic was accused by Vihiga United of racist remarks.
There had been claims by Vihiga led by their head coach Sammy Okoth that Alagic had described them as monkeys when the Nairobi side was leading the clash something that almost disrupted the game.
Despite holding their hosts to a 1-1 draw, Okoth, as quoted by a section of the media, said the match officials of the day had promised that they had recorded what was said by the tactician and would record the same in their reports something that convinced them to continue with the game.
With the claims, City Stars moved on quickly to defend their coach with a statement terming their opponents' claims as baseless as part of their officials watched the match and all they could hear was an alteration between their coach and the match officials.
"The allegations were grave, to say the least, and as a club, we have launched immediate investigations on the same.
"Part of the club officials that included chairman Jonathan Jackson, CEO Patrick Korir and team coordinator Samson Otieno watched the game at very close range and we are aware of the coaches lamentation at refereeing decisions which led him to confront the fourth official time and again," part of the City Stars statement noted.
“Sanjin is a well-loved coach who has been personable with every person working with the club and the foundation since his arrival in Kenya and has always been helpful and supportive even during his times away from the country.
"To make baseless allegations of such gravity against an individual that has never shown such tendencies is intolerable,” the statement continued.
City Stars further urged anyone with evidence on the racist allegations to present them to relevant authorities and promised to take action if their coach was found guilty.