The Uganda Sports Press Association, USPA has released a statement on the assault of journalist Johnson Were by Warriors player Gabriel Aredo.
Were was beaten by Aredo on Sunday while on duty at the sixth circuit of the National Rugby 7s at Kyabazinga.
USPA has confirmed a media blackout against the game following the incident
“The Chairman of the organising Committee Erasmus Aredo confronted former national team player Alex Mubiru for being too close to the touchline and a fight ensued,”
“In the process Gabriel joined his brother Erasmus in the fight and on realizing that Mr. Were was taking photos of the incident, he charged at him with the intention of grabbing his camera, hence the physical assualt which left the camera lens seriously damaged.”
We strongly condemn this attack on our colleague and senior executive member and we call upon Uganda Rugby Union to bring the culprit to book and hold everyone involved accountable.”
“In the meantime we advise our members to stay away from rugby games until the matter is resolved to its logical conclusion. This is for the safety and it takes immediate effect.”
“The matter is also before Police now and as an association we will support Mr. Were and stand by him in his pursuit of justice. We will also take up the matter with tournament sponsors Nile Special who also happen to be our main sponsors.” Reads the statement signed by the USPA President Patrick Kanyomozi.
Meanwhile, the Uganda Rugby Union has also released a statement on the incident
“As a socially responsible body, Uganda Rugby Union takes the aforementioned incident very serious. A thorough investigation has been instituted a d the findings from this investigation shall form the basis for stringent action on the culprits and for crafting the guidelines to avoid the same from happening in future.” Reads part of the Statement from Rugby Union Hon. Secretary Peter Odong.