Senior referees call for justice as another referee is banned 

By Clive Kyazze

National referee Julius Kasibante has been banned from officiating FUFA related football competitions for a period of four weeks.

This stemmed from the FUFA Referees Disciplinary Panel’s decision after reviewing Kasibante’s performance in a FUFA Big League tie played on November 8th, 2018. 

Wakiso Giants had visited Jinja Municipal Council at Kakindu Stadium, much as the final result was one all draw, a decision that affected the final result was made by Kasibante.

In the dying minutes of the game, Kasibante disallowed Clinton Kamugisha’s goal for a ‘foul’ on a JMC defender. 

From the images and footage that have been making rounds since show that the goal was genuine from the build up.

Even the second assistant referee Nicholas Luberenga was seen running back to the center line until the referee awarded a free kick to JMC, in Kasibante’s interpretation, Kamugisha had fouled the JMC defender. 

In his defense, Kasibante said Kamugisha had pulled the JMC defender on his way to finding the back of the net, the foul was given but an advantage was given in anticipation that the JMC goalkeeper would save the ball.

After failing the JMC goalkeeper failed to save the effort from Kamugisha, Kasibante blew the whistle for the earlier offence, Lubengera didn’t raise his flag on the foul on the JMC defender because he thought the referee was closer to the action.

Julius Kasibante (extreme left) is banned for four weeks by the FUFA Referees’ Disciplinary Panel

The disciplinary panel of Ali Tomusange, Deo Mutabazi and Jamil Ssewanyana had a number of considerations before giving their verdict.

  • The referee blew the whistle late for an earlier offence (i.e.holding the defender’s shoulder) that he felt was bookable. He disallowed the WG goal thus influencing the final result of the match.
  • The panel noted that the pulling/alleged holding incident was light and did not disadvantage the defender. The defender continued to play and fight for the ball.
  • The referee should be disciplined.

Sanction

  • The Panel suspends the referee from officiating FUFA organised matches for a period of four (4) weeks.

A FIFA referee on grounds of anonymity was okay with the punishment but also quick to raise selective injustice in the body that governs them.

“Our colleagues (Ronald Kirangwa and Sam Kakembo) were harshly banned without even giving them a chance to defend themselves,” the referee said before adding.

“They deserved a fair treatment, its okay to punish someone but the offences are similar, one is banned for four weeks the others are banned for years.”

Kirangwa and Kakembo were banned for three and five years respectively for allowing an offside goal as Vipers’ Tito Okello levelled matter against Express at the Betway Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku. 

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