FUFA suspends Express FC – Vipers SC match officials
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has banned the match officials that handled Wednesday’s Uganda Premier League game between Express FC and Vipers SC at Wankulukuku.
The referees Ronald Kirwanga (centre) and his assistants Samuel Kakembo and Lydia Nantabo made several questionable decisions that seemed to favour champions Vipers SC against hosts Express FC.
The most notable questionable decision was in the 86th minute when they allowed Vipers SC’s Tito Okello to equalise from a clear offside position.
The decision attracted wide condemnation from football enthusiasts that FUFA took it up leading to the ban that the soccer governing has announced in a statement posted on its website.
The match ended in a 1-all draw.
Here is the statement in full.
This is to notify all stakeholders that, upon the advice of the Referees Disciplinary Panel and the FUFA Referees Standing Committee, FUFA has banned three officials of match number 54 of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League played on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at Muteesa II Stadium – Wankulukuku for poor officiation.
The 2nd Assistant Referee Mr. Kakembo Samuel is banned from performing refereeing services of all FUFA organised and sanctioned Competitions for a period of 5 years.
The Centre Referee Mr. Kirangwa Ronald is banned from performing refereeing services of all FUFA organised and sanctioned Competitions for a period of 3 years.
The 1st Assistant Referee Ms. Nantabo Lydia Wanyama is banned from performing refereeing services of all FUFA organised and sanctioned Competitions for a period of 60 days.
The 3 match officials (Centre Referee, 1st Assistant and 2nd Assistant) have been forwarded to FUFA Committee for Match Integrity for further investigation and decision.
The above decisions take immediate effect.
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