FUFA to punish clubs over acts of violence and hooliganism outside game time

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David GOMBE

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has made several amendments to the FUFA competitions rules in regards to violence and hooliganism outside the pitch.

The current FUFA rules did not provide for incidents outside precinct of the match venue and game time.

Pursuant to section 43 of the FUFA Competitions Rules 2023 and circular No.1179 issued on 10th November 2023 by the FUFA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Decolas Kiiza, the FUFA Executive Committee hereby issues the following amendments:

Section 39 of the FUFA Competitions Rules is here by amended to include:

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39(9)(d) If acts of hooliganism and violence as defined in the FUFA Rules occur outside the precincts of the match venue or outside Game Time but logically linked to a match or a FUFA Competition, the defaulting parties shall be sanctioned in accordance with the Ethics And Disciplinary Code.

Section 14 of the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Code is here by amended to include:

If acts of hooliganism and violence as defined in the FUFA Rules occur outside the precincts of the match venue or outside Game Time but logically linked to a match or a FUFA Competition and cause the abandonment of the upcoming match, the defaulting party, if found liable, shall be sanctioned by the FJC as it deems fit including but not limited to deduction of points and goals earlier accumulated.

If acts of hooliganism and violence as defined in the FUFA Rules occur outside the precincts of the match venue or outside Game Time but logically linked to a just concluded match, the defaulting club if found liable, will lose two (2) Points and two (2) Goals from those already accumulated while for a knock-out format the defaulting club will be fined 3,000 UAs or excluded from that particular competition the following season or both sanctions.

If the defaulting club is the winner of the match and does not pay the fine of 3,000 UAs before the next knock-out match, it will be eliminated from the competition.

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The FJC may apply further disciplinary sanctions it deems fit to any party found guilty of the same incidents.

14(8) In event that the individual perpetrator(s) are identified by the defaulting club and it is established that their acts were without the influence of the club, the FJC may at its discretion exonerate the club from the sanctions mentioned herein above.

14(16) in event that the perpetrator(s) are identified:

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1) they shall be declared persona non grata for FUFA competitions for a specified period and shall bear liabilities in accordance with National Sports Act 2023

.2) Upon being declared persona non grata, for the specified period, the home club shall have within 48 hours of receipt of notice from FJC the duty to:

(a) Deny the perpetrators access to the stadium.

(b) Communicate to the general public and all its stakeholders the perpetrators.

(c) Display the (minimum of 20cm x 20cm) clear pictures of the perpetrators at The Stadium Display and all the club digital platforms.

3) Should a club contravene sub-section (2) above, the FJC shall apply disciplinary action of in its discretion.

The latest development comes at the time when hooligans beat assistant Referee Fahad Sekayuba on his way to Kampala after the game between UPDF FC and Express FC in Bombo.

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