FUFA fines Lango province over fans violence
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has slapped a Shs 13 million fine on Lango province football team over irregularities. The fine was sanctioned by the FUFA disciplinary panel.
The team was fined Shs 3 million after their fans broke the gate at Bishop’s SS Ground in Mukono on March 30 during their opening match with Buganda providence.
Hussein Ahmed, the FUFA Communications Officer, says there was overwhelming evidence detailing how the fans of Lango Province under the FUFA Drum tournament broke the gate Bishop’s SS Ground to avoid paying entrance fees of Shs 5000.
The team has further been fined Shs 10 million for waving off the entrance fee at Uganda Technical Playground during their encounter with Ankole province a fortnight ago.
According to Hussein, the decision by team to scrap the entrance fee was illegal, since it doesn’t have the authority to do so.
Prior to announcing the fines, FUFA summoned Geoffrey Omara, the chairperson of Lango Province to FUFA House in Kampala to explain their decision.
The fine is to help FUFA to cover expenses incurred by the visiting teams and other activities including ticket printing.
Aron Lallah, the Lango Province general secretary, said that they have been informed about the fine and will soon meet to decide their next course of action.
Daniel Moi, the Lango Province Spokesperson, says the team is yet to decide whether or not to appeal against the fine. The decision has triggered bitter reactions among soccer lovers in the region.
Lango Province is due to interface with Sebei Province team on May 11 at the Uganda Technical College Grounds in Lira town.