Sports Club Villa will approach the new year on a bright note after being awarded three goals and points apiece following the aborted fixture against Sadolin Paints F.C at Bugembe Stadium in Jinja.
The fixture was abandoned after 80 minutes following crowd violence with SC Villa leading 1-2.
In a communication signed by the league manager, Paul Kabaikaramu;
The match report and witness from persons of authority that were present at the said match venue, Sadolin paints fans were the cause of the abandonment of the match when they began throwing stones at the SC Villa technical bench and the field of play.
As stipulated in Article 32 (1) of the FUFA Competitions Rules the match report clearly spelt out the cause of abandonment and Article 34 (7) states “matches not completed because of crowd interference shall be decided upon as provided for in the respective competition Rules. Sadolin Paints failed to control their fans.
Therefore the ruling means, Sadolin Paints forfeits the match in favor of SC Villa which is awarded three (3) points and three (3) goals.
Kabaikaramu also warns Sadolin Paints;
We also caution Sadolin Paints and urge them to control their fans and desist from acts of violence which puts the image of the game in jeopardy. Should such acts of violence re-occur, tougher sanctions shall be applied in accordance with FUFA competitions Rules.
SC Villa is now within two points (on 35) reach of the Christmas league champions, Vipers Sports Club as the lead recess continues with the second round expected to kick off in early February.
This is the second time that the 16 record league winners benefit from a UPL board decision following the aborted match between SC Villa and Express in Mityana.
Like in Jinja, the tie between SC Villa and Express aborted with the former leading 2-1 after crowd trouble from Express F.C fans.
SCVU used a suspended player, Martin Mpuuga, who was red carded against Bright Stars F.C and did not sit out the two physically played games as the FUFA Competitions rules stipulate.