Part of the sizeable crowd that watched the match Credit: © Kawowo Sports / JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Onduparaka fans during the league game against Proline at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The Uganda Premier League has fined and warned KCCA and Onduparaka Football Clubs for failing to control their fans.

During the match between the two sides at Philip Omondi stadium, Lugogo on Saturday February 28, an incident broke out when the home fans provoked the visiting ones which resulted into stoppage of the game for some minutes.

In a statement issued by UPL and signed by the CEO, Bernard Bainamani, the Kasasiro, who won the match 7-0 have been fined Ugx. 400,000.

“The reports indicate that Fans of KCCA FC provoked Onduparaka FC Fans thus a fight erupted between the two groups and the game stopped for one minute before play resumed…..” read part of the statement.

Accordingly, KCCA FC is hereby fined 400UAs for failing to prevail over their Fans. The said money should be paid to the UPL Secretariat by Tuesday 14th March 2017.

For Onduparaka, the same incident occurred at the same venue when they played against Police on Tuesday February 28th.

“Fans of Onduparaka FC exhibited a high level of indiscipline and hooliganism during the KCCA FC Vs Onduparaka FC match that was played on Saturday 25th February 2017 at Philip Omondi Stadium –Lugogo,” it partly stated.

Fans continuously threw objects on the field of play thus putting the safety of the 2nd Assistant Referee at risk. The same has been reported by the Match Officials for the Police FC Vs Onduparaka FC match that was played on Tuesday 28th February 2017 at Philip Omondi Stadium. It’s reported that Fans threw stones on the field of play which resulted into the match stopping for three minutes at the 78th minute. Accordingly, Onduparaka FC is hereby fined 400UAs for failing to prevail over their Fans.

According to the secretariat, the fines are all intended to curb the act of hooliganism and violence by the fans.

This decision has been made in the spirit of fighting hooliganism and violence which affects the League as a brand. It should as well be noted that should such acts of hooliganism and violence by KCCA FC and Onduparaka FC Fans re-occur; a harsher sanction will be given to the clubs.

It’s the second time this season that KCCA fans have been involved in acts of violence although they escaped without fine in the 1-1 draw against Kirinya Jinja SS when one of their fans beat up the referee for wrongly disallowing Derrick Nsibambi’s would be winner.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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