SC Villa penalized over indiscipline

1506581781_900X600_Kitende stadium 1The FUFA competitions disciplinary panel has handed hefty penalties to SC Villa over the ugly scenes exhibited in their game against Vipers in the Azam Uganda Premier League on September 23.

On that day, Villa players led by their goalkeeper Samson Kirya turnedrowdy threatening to beat match officials led by Alex Muhabi afterdisagreeing with his decision not to award Abel Eturudde a penalty a fewminutes to recess at St.Mary’s stadium in Kitende.

The players were joined by fans who also vandalized the stadium.

According to FUFA, basing on reports by the referee, match assessor, videosand photographic evidence they had decided to penalize them heavily for thehooliganism.

“SC Villa manager Muhammad Jumba has been handed a four match touchline banfor threatening violence against the referee. He will not be allowed toaccess the team dressing room while serving the ban,” said the FUFAcompetitions disciplinary panel in a communication.

FUFA also suspended goalkeeper Samson Kirya for two matches for‘threatening violence’ against the match referee at Kitende and alsoexhibiting an unsporting behavior on Saturday.

Kirya was the first to attack referee Muhabi on Saturday and was onlyrestrained by the team tactician Wasswa Bbosa and police who whisked awaythe referees under tight protection to the dressing rooms.

The team has also been deducted two points and two goals from those alreadyaccumulated for the hooliganism exhibited by their fans.

Villa fans on Saturday turned rowdy breaking the gate and barriersseparating the VIP stand from the general one at Kitende.

The fight raged on as the visitors threw bottles at their counterparts butnot even the intervention of police and UPDF soldiers guarding BugandaPremier Charles Peter Mayiga could save the situation as the SC Villasupporters protested decisions by the match officials led by Muhabi.

However, according to FUFA, such behavior cannot be tolerated.

“SC Villa has also been fined one million shillings whereas the case ofvandalism of the stadium and misconduct by individual SC Villa fans hasbeen referred to the FUFA disciplinary committee for furtherinvestigations.”

The team has however been advised to appeal with the decision within fortyeight hours if dissatisfied with the decision.

The hefty penalties come against the backdrop of complaints by Vipers president LawrenceMulindwa who condemned barbaric acts by SC Villa fans who vandalizedSt.Mary’s stadium.

“They came with an intention to malice and destroy St. Mary’s stadium. Wecondemn their actions,”Mulindwa told journalists early this week.

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