By Denis Turyahebwa
The Federation of Uganda Football Association has sanctioned KCCA FC and Onduparaka FC to play their next Ugandan Premier League matches without fans over violation of COVID-19 SOPs.
Quoting the Federation’s statement, the two clubs have been sanctioned for violating Article 10 of the Fufa Covid-19 regulations after they allowed their fans to enter matches without wearing masks.
“KCCA allowed fans/Spectators into the stadium for their match against Police FC on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Omondi Stadium – Lugogo without written authorization from Fufa, and most of the fans were seen not wearing face masks.
The statement further noted that KCCA will play their next league home match behind closed doors [without fans in the stadium] and that should KCCA fail to heed the sanction, the panel would take further disciplinary measures against the club.
The committee has also asked KCCA to explain why disciplinary action cannot be taken against them after they violated Article 30(8) of the Fufa competitions rules when their fans hurled threats to the assistant referee during the same match against Police FC.
“Disciplinary proceedings were opened against, the management of KCCA following their fans hurling threats at the assistant referee and persistently standing in the sitting area whilst the game was in progress on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Kabaka-Kyabaggu Stadium which caused a stoppage of the match for about six minutes contrary to Fufa Competitions Rules,” according to the statement by FUFA.
KCCA has been asked to implore on how to further sensitize their fans about the misgivings of the same and the sanctions that may follow.
The Kasasiro boys will face off with the defending champions Vipers SC while the caterpillars will come up against the table leaders URA FC and both matches will be played on Wednesday.
The letter to Onduparaka states; “The Fufa Competitions Disciplinary Panel has sanctioned Onduparaka for violating Article 10 of the Fufa Covid-19 Regulations.
“Onduparaka allowed fans/spectators into the stadium for their match against Mbarara City on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Green Light Stadium Arua without written authorization from Fufa, and most of the fans were seen not wearing face masks.”
According to the panel, Onduparaka will play their next league match on Wednesday, March 11, 2021, against URA behind closed doors [without fans in the stadium], and further noted that should Onduparaka fail to heed the sanction, the panel will take further disciplinary measures against the club.
These are not the first clubs to face such disciplinary actions as Mbarara City was the first to be sanctioned on the same grounds a week ago.