Express FC is the latest StarTimes Uganda Premier League club to hear from the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel over acts of hooliganism by their fans during a 3-2 defeat to Wakiso Giants FC at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium on Monday, November 28th.
The sanctions can be considered a serious warning to the Red Eagles because they will be activated should misconduct by their faithful continue during FUFA competitions.
“A suspended two points and two goals deduction which shall be automatically deducted from those that the club shall have accumulated should the actions of hooliganism occur again during the FUFA StarTimes UPL 2022/2023 season,” the FUFA statement started.
“A suspended deduction of one (1) point and one (1) goal for 30 days within which Express is to avail to the CDP the individual culprits and all relevant details that orchestrated the hooliganism for onward transmission to the match integrity committee for necessary action.”
“Sanction no.2 above shall be retracted automatically should the club avail the culprits within the above stipulated time frame. Failure for the club to avail the said individual culprits, one (1) point and one (1) goal shall automatically be deducted.”
“The club is directed to keep its fans in order as stated in Article 31(10) (F) (III) above to stop putting the game of football into disrepute. Should the club fail to heed to the sanction above, the CDP shall be constrained to take stringent disciplinary measures against it,” the statement ended.
In the same case, even before FUFA came into action, Express had identified Mr. Napoleon Ninsiima allies ByFar Level as the fan who threw objects on the field of play from the stands during the game and therefore banned him.
The seven-time champions are currently positioned ninth on the 15-team SUPL log with 14 points after 10 games and they will visit their rivals KCCA FC in the Kampala Derby to be played at Lugogo on Friday.
A host of clubs including the SUPL record champions SC Villa have been punished for hooliganism by their fans.