Following SC Villa fans’ hideous acts of hooliganism during their 2-1 Uganda Premier League defeat to Wakiso Giants FC on Friday, the FUFA Disciplinary Panel has laid a strong hand to the former.
At full-time during the Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku bout, the hosts’ fans pelted stones and bottles towards the match officials, contesting poor refereeing.
In the avoidable and completely unnecessary fracas, a Wakiso Giants team doctor was stoned and his head was broken before he was whisked away for treatment.
This was after they had denied the referees, led by Rajab Bakasambe, access to the dressing rooms during the halftime break, but, the primitiveness has now come at a cost.
“An immediate deduction of two (2) points and two (2) goals from those already accumulated by the club,” ordered the FUFA Disciplinary Panel, as the club violated Articles: 31 (10) (I), 31 (10) (C), 31 (10) (F) (iii) and 32 (v) of the FUFA Competition Rules.
The Jogoo were also ordered to have their next five league matches played behind closed doors, on neutral ground.
“Five (5) StarTimes Uganda Premier League home matches for SC Villa played in a closed stadium in a neutral territory,” decided the Panel before adding:
“(The territory should be) outside the jurisdiction of the FUFA Regional Football Associations of Kampala, Buganda, and Eastern and at a stadium already licensed for the 2022/23 StarTimes Uganda Premier League matches.”
“A suspended deduction of two (2) points and two (2) goals for 30 days within which SC Villa 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.3 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, two (2) points and two (2) goals shall automatically be deducted from those accumulated by the club,” concluded the Panel.
The record champions (16 titles) have been synonymous with violence for years but have on numerous occasions walked away untouched, and smiling albeit, after causing tears and bloodshed.
However, these sanctions which were also hinged around the recurring acts at the club should go a long way in curbing the cancer from the game.