Kirangwa ban: FUFA Excom at crossroads

By Clive Kyazze
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Ronald Kirangwa (with ball) | Daily Monitor Photo - Eddie Chicco

The FUFA executive committee members are at loggerheads on whether referee Ronald Kirangwa should serve his three year ban, have it lessened or even lifted.

A communication to ban Kirangwa was released by FUFA on their official website www.fufa.co.ug on November 8, a day after the 1-1 draw between Express and Vipers in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

The game, played at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku, had Kirangwa and his assistant Sam Kakembo award Vipers an equalizer scored by Tito Okello, who was in a clear offside position.

While Kirangwa was hit with a three year ban, Kakembo, who was the second assistant referee, was slapped with a five year ban and the first assistant Lydia Nantabo Wanyama was banned for 60 days.

Kirangwa didn’t appeal the ban because he has never formally been communicated to and only got to learn about the news of his ban through the media.

It’s believed that a section of the FUFA Executive committee led by first vice president Justus Mugisha wants the ban on Kirangwa lifted or at least reduced.

A move that other executive members have refused to bless, insisting Kirangwa and his assistants serve their punishments in their entirety.

This website has also learnt that a section of referees is putting pressure on the Referees Disciplinary Panel and the FUFA Referees Standing Committee to revise the decision on their colleagues.

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