Onduparaka FC and Kataka FC have been handed suspensions by the FUFA Disciplinary Panel for unsporting behavior for either team’s crimes towards the end of last season.
Kataka were found guilty of hooliganism and violent conduct after ugly scenes of their fans and players attacking Kyetume FC players in the final game of the 2021/22 season.
Kyetume and Kataka were locked in a straight battle for promotion, heading into the final game of last season. But after losing the game, Kataka players were seen violently handling Kyetume players while fans attacked match officials.
Anti-riot police were called in and had to fire tear gas to disperse the crowds, and for their crime, Kataka will have to play their opening five games next season behind closed doors and at a neutral venue outside BUgisu Province.
Additionally, they will also be docked two points and two goals from their points tally in the 2022/23 season.
“The FUFA CDP has sanctioned Kataka FC for breach of Article 31(10) of the FUFA Competitions Rules during their home league match with Kyetume FC on 28th April 2022 at Mbale Municipal Stadium,” the decision explained.
“Kataka FC has been sanctioned with a deduction of two points and two goals that shall be effected from points accumulated upon commencement of the 2022/2023 FUFA Big League season.”
“Kataka will play 5 home games behind closed doors outside the Bugisu Province and shall be implemented upon commencement of the 2022/2023 FUFA Big League season.”
“The games will be played on a neutral stadium cleared by the Club Licensing Committee for use during FUFA Big League matches,” it continued.
Additionally, Kataka player Noah Kizito has been handed a six-month suspension from all football activities as an appropriate corrective measure for his misconduct against Kyetume player Baker Buyala.
“The FUFA CDP has suspended Noah Kizito of Kataka FC from all football activities for a period of six months as an appropriate corrective measure for his misconduct against an opponent Baker Buyala,” the decision said.
Kizito’s sanction will be served at the commencement of the 2022/23 season.
Meanwhile, Onduparaka who has been at the fore of several poor incidents throughout last season were handed another suspension for their conduct towards cross-city rivals Arua Hill during their meeting at the Greenlight Stadium in Arua in May.
The Caterpillars who already had a suspended one-point deduction were instead docked two points and two goals while they two will have to play five games behind closed doors and at a neutral venue.
“Onduparaka FC has been sanctioned by FUFA after their fans were found guilty for contravention of Article 31(10) of the FUFA Competitions Rules during their home league match with Arua Hill SC on May 6, 2022, at Green Light Stadium in Arua.”
Onduparaka FC has been sanctioned with a two-point and two-goal deduction which shall be implemented upon commencement of the 2022/2023 UPL season despite the presence of the suspended one-point and one-goal deduction.
Ondu will play five home games behind closed doors outside the West Nile Province shall be implemented upon commencement of the 2022/2023 UPL season.
The games will be played at a neutral stadium cleared by the Club Licensing Committee for use during Uganda Premier league matches.