Police FC are set to appeal against referee George Olemu’s controversial decision to send off goalkeeper Derrick Ochan in Friday’s 3-2 defeat to Vipers SC on Friday evening.
Abdallah Mubiru’s men were left red faced at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on the day which started with the Cops falling behind to Ibrahim Orit’s well struck volley from inside the area.
Defender Eric Ssenjobe drew Police level moments later with Brian Mayanja Muluuli putting the visitors ahead with his third goal in three consecutive games for the club.
Five minutes to the break, Ochan was given his matching orders for allegedly handling the ball. Centre referee Olemu had deemed the incident appropriate as Ochan leaped i to the area to beat Muhamad Shaban to the ball.
But his assistant Juma Osire signalled for an infringement, and following consultations between the two, Olemu showed Ochan the red card a decision which left Mubiru infuriated
“It is very unfortunate that we had to lose the game after a ridiculous decision against us, but regardless we congratulate the champions Vipers for the victory and the three points,” Mubiru told Football256.
“I have been able to view footage of the incident (that led to the Ochan red card) but there is no way that was a red card.”
“It is rather harsh to Ochan and to his teammates that they had to take such a blow and in the moment that the game was in over a poor and disappointing error by the referees.”
“Unfortunately we cannot change the result because that is behind us, but we shall definitely appeal to tie authorities to rescind the red card because it was never a foul in the first place,” he added.
It was the first time that Police had conceded more than once in a league game this season, conceding just three times in seven games prior.
The victory meant that Vipers leapfrogged Police to go top of the league for the first time this season on 18 points, two points above second placed Police.