FUFA reprimands Onduparaka, Kataka over hooliganism

Caesar Olega (left) of Maroons and Kataka FC's Bashir Nnyanzi in a Fufa Big League game last season. Kataka FC has been punished for hooliganism. Image: Courtesy)

Local football-governing body, FUFA, has reprimanded super league side Onduparaka FC and lower division Kataka FC over acts of hooliganism that happened last month as the 2021/2022 season drew to a close.

In its ruling on various cases of violent conduct involving players, club officials and fans, the FUFA Competitions Panel Thursday, June 16 meted out punishment that include points deduction, bans on stadia, players and officials at the two clubs.

FUFA spokesman, Ahmed Hussein, said the bans take immediate effect while points will be docked once the new season kicks off in August this year.

In their decision, the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel sanctioned Onduparaka FC for breach of Article 31(10) of the FUFA Competitions Rules during their home league match with Arua Hill SC on May 6, 2022, at Green Light Stadium in Arua.

Accordingly, Onduparaka will be docked two points and two goals which shall be implemented upon commencement of the 2022/2023 StarTimes Uganda Premier league season.

Furthermore, the Arua-based club will play five home games behind closed doors outside the West Nile Province.

Hussein said those games will be played on a neutral stadium cleared by the Club Licensing Committee for use during Uganda Premier league matches.

Meanwhile, the panel banned Kataka FC from using home venue for five matches.

They will also lose two points and two goals due to fans’ hooliganism that marred their FUFA Big League match with Kyetume FC on April 28, 2022, at Mbale Municipal Stadium.

Their player, Kataka’s player, Noah Kizito, is banned from all football activities for a period of six months for his misconduct against Baker Buyala of Kyetume FC.

Kizito assaulted Buyala during the melee on the pitch in which players and officials of either clubs engaged in a physical confrontation.

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