It is barely halfway through the 2021/22 StarTimes Uganda Premier League yet referee, player bans and suspensions by FUFA are continuing to dominate headlines.
The latest victim to the tough hand of the FUFA Referees Disciplinary Panel is center referee, Ali Kaddu who put in an abysmal show in URA FC’s 6-1 win over Tooro United, two weeks back.
In the 45th minute, with the score at 4-0, the match official dramatically disallowed a Steven Mukwala headed goal off a Derrick Ndahiro cross for offside to the dismay of the scorer.
Although the decision did not affect the eventual result, it prompted a punishment from the panel on Thursday.
“The FUFA Referees Disciplinary Panel has handed referee Kaddu Ali a two weeks suspension from Uganda Premier matches,” partly read the statement.
“However, Kaddu is allowed to officiate in other Uganda football leagues, ” the statement continued.
The committee went ahead to underline that the explanation Kaddu presented for his misdeed was never satisfying, thus the fortnight ban.
“The referee responded and stated that the goal was disallowed because the URA FC player who scored intimidated the Tooro United player who left the ball to the scorer.”
“The panel rejected the explanation from the referee and established that there was no protest from the opposing players of Tooro United.”
“The panel found out that the referee was poorly positioned and did not use the services of the assistant referee.”
Kaddu joins the likes of Ronald Kirangwa, Raja Bakasambe and Lucky Kasalirwe who have all been suspended this season for wanting refereeing.
It remains to be seen if the Ali Tomusange-led panel’s strong hand will provide lasting solutions to the poor officiating that has marred the game over the years.