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FUFA on The Spot Over Express Vs Vipers Match Officials Ban

The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) this scooped a lot of controversy and mixed reactions following the decisions reached over the Vipers – Express FC match on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at Muteesa II Stadium – Wankulukuku

Yesterday revealed that with immediate effect, the three officials of match number 54 of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League been suspended over poor officiation.

According to FUFA, this was reached by the Referees Disciplinary Panel and the FUFA Referees Standing Committee.

Decisions:-

1.The 2nd Assistant Referee Mr. Kakembo Samuel is banned from performing refereeing services of all FUFA organised and sanctioned Competitions for a period of 5 years.

2. The Centre Referee Mr. Kirangwa Ronald is banned from performing refereeing services of all FUFA organised and sanctioned Competitions for a period of 3 years.

3. The 1st Assistant Referee Ms. Nantabo Lydia Wanyama is banned from performing refereeing services of all FUFA organised and sanctioned Competitions for a period of 60 days.

4. The 3 match officials (Centre Referee, 1st Assistant and 2nd Assistant) have been forwarded to FUFA Committee for Match Integrity for further investigation and decision.

Express opened took the lead through a penalty in the first half as their midfielder Ibrahim Kayiwa was brought down by Vipers defenders Fred Okot and Geoffrey Wasswa. Tony Odur managed to convert it. Vipers striker Dan Sserunkuma failed to convert from the penalty spot after Express defender Isaac Mutanga handled the ball in the box.

Shortly Vipers’ managed to pick a point late in the game when Tito Okello scored a seemingly an offside goal few minutes to normal time. Okello tapped in Tadeo Lwanga’s knock down.

But the centre referee Ronald Kirangwa who didn’t live to his expectations awarded Vipers a goal after agreeing with his assistant Sam Kakembo. In fact, Vipers captain Lwanga who had just returned from suspension should have walked away with at least a yellow card after he was  involved in more than three bookable offences.

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