Onduparaka FC will start the 2022/23 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season bottom of the table with negative points after two were deducted by the FUFA Disciplinary Panel on Thursday.
The Panel charged the West Nile giants for hooliganism in their 2021/22 game with regional rivals Arua Hill SC on May 6 at the Greenlight Stadium.
With the visitors leading 3-0, the Caterpillars’ fans caused protests and became chaotic forcing police into firing live bullets and teargas. The game was halted for at least seven minutes in the process.
“The FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel has sanctioned Onduparaka FC for breach of Article 31(10) of the FUFA Competitions Rules during their home league match with Arua Hill SC on 6th May 2022 at Green Light Stadium in Arua.”
“A deduction of two points and two goals which shall be implemented upon commencement of the 2022/2023 Uganda Premier League season.”
Onduparaka has also been ordered not to host five home games at the Greenlight Stadium. The quintet will be held behind closed doors as well.
“Playing five home games behind closed doors outside the West Nile Province shall be implemented upon commencement of the 2022/2023 Uganda Premier League season. The games will be played on a neutral stadium cleared by the Club Licensing Committee.”
In the same vein, Kataka FC has been docked two points and as many goals for fan and player violence in their end-of-the-season UPL decider which they lost to Kyetume FC in the FUFA Big League.
Their player, Noah Kizito, who punched Kyetume’s Baker Buyala has been banned for six months from taking part in any football-related activity as well.