A fan of English football team Liverpool was stabbed to death, allegedly by an Arsenal supporter, as they watched the match on TV at a bar in Meru on Saturday.
Liverpool hammered Arsenal five goals to one in an upset that sparked a fierce argument between two fans watching the game at Marete’s Bar in Makutano area.
Anthony Muteithia, the Liverpool supporter, was stabbed and died while being treated.
Area police boss Tom Odero said confirmed the incident, but said police were yet to establish the motive behind the attack.
Witnesses, however, said the argument was sparked by the game they had been watching.
Mr Odero said Muteithia died while undergoing treatment at the Meru Level Five Hospital.
“The assailant managed to escape but wananchi brought a motorbike he was seen riding on. We have launched a manhunt for him,” he said. The motorcycle was being held at the Meru police station.
On December 8, last year, a young man believed to be a Manchester United fan committed suicide in Nairobi’s Pipeline estate after the team lost 1-0 to New Castle.
Jimmy Macharia, 23, is said to have jumped from the seventh floor of a building after learning that his team had lost the match.
And in May 2012, an Arsenal fan, Suleiman Alfonso Omondi, 29, committed suicide after his team lost. His body was found dangling from a rope in his house in the Pipeline estate, Nairobi.
At the time, the London club sent its condolences to Omondi’s family through its spokeswoman , Katie Baldwin.
In another incident on September 9, 2011, an Arsenal fan was stabbed to death by a Blackburn Rovers supporter during an argument in Kapkatet, Nandi North after the Gunners lost 4-3 to Blackburn in a Barclays Premier League match.