Referees threaten not to officiate games involving Express after hooliganism incident

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David GOMBE

The Uganda Football Referees Association has threatened to withdraw from officiating football matches involving Express FC.

The development comes hours after assistant Referee Fahad Sekayiba was allegedly beaten by Express FC fans following their stalemate with UPDF FC on Friday at Bombo Military Barracks Grounds.

The UFRA confirmed the decision in a statement signed by the Association CEO, Godfrey Kimbugwe

“On behalf of Uganda referees Association and the whole Referees’ fraternity in Uganda I bring forward an act of hooliganism, barbaric and murderous behavior the Express FC supporters/ fans displayed on referee Fahad Sekayiba after UPDF Vs Express FC league game at Matugga along Gulu highway.”

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“Express FC fans laid a car in which referees were travelling and removed assistant Referee and beat him to near death, he is now admitted in Mulago Hospital in critical condition.”

“These incidents have not only been showed during this Express FC incident but also during the Gaddafi game where the match assessor was assaulted which act is of great indiscipline and disrespectful towards members of the refereeing fraternity.The purpose of this letter is to inform you that UFRA has decided to withdraw all match officials from officiating football matches involving Express FC until the culprits are brought to justice.”

Express is slated to host their arch rivals SC Villa on Wednesday, 1st November at Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.

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