Record league champions SC Villa have come out and condemned football violence but insist the culprits were masqueraders.
The away fans damaged the barriers separating them from the VIP section accusing referee Alex Muhabi of biased officiating in the 1-0 defeat to Vipers.
In a statement released by the club and signed by the club CEO Valley Mugwanya on Sunday September 24, the club says masqueraders did the damage to dent the image of the club.
“SC Villa Jogoo wish to condemn the act of hooliganism at the concluded game against Vipers on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende which ended 1-0 in favor of Vipers…,” Read part of the statement.
As SC Villa Jogoo, we wish to express our concerns at people masquerading as club supporters to dent SC Villa’s Image. As a club we strongly condemn any form of violence.
Like Mulindwa, SC Villa also partly blames the police that failed to manage the situation by arresting the ring leaders.
We wish to blame the police for having failed to manage the few people who were ring leaders in the act of hooliganism and also throwing water bottles onto the pitch and VIP section which the police failed to tame with arrests of culprits.
The former league champions also appealed to all stakeholders to curb the vice which affects the image of the game and scares away not only potential fans but sponsors too.
As SC Villa Jogoo we appeal to all football stakeholders to come on board and deal with the issue of violence in all stadiums in the country and we wish to cooperate with the management of Vipers FC to put the whole situation in order after our investigations.
They also appealed to their fans if any involved in the act to desist from the barbaric act.
As SC Villa Jogoo wish to take this opportunity to appeal to our supporters, those that love football and those that are bent on soiling our name as “SC VILLA JOGOO” to desist from acts of violence or hooliganism because it’s affecting us as a club. We are a club that respects the statutes of the game and it should remain that way.
In conclusion, the Jogoos management on behalf of the whole club distanced themselves from whatever happened at Kitende on the day.
As SC Villa, we are going to investigate and whoever was involved in hooliganism will be punished and banned from watching our games.
SC Villa and violence have become synonymous of recent and last season, their match against KCCA also nearly had fracas at the final whistle and referees had to be rescued by anti-riot Police.