Uganda’s football governing body FUFA has put an end to referee John Kalibal’s services for 15 years after he was found guilty of match fixing.
The statement which was released on the Federation’s official website read,
“The FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Committee has banned referee Mr. Kalibala John Bosco from taking part in any kind of football related activity at national level (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of fifteen years (15) for breaching FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Code.
Upon critical analysis of the evidence on the file and the submissions of Mr. Kalibala, the Committee found the referee guilty of infringement of Article 31 of the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Code (Duty to report) and Article 44 of the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Code (Manipulation of football matches or competitions).
The Ethics and Disciplinary Committee analysed the evidence on the file namely; the CAF Match Integrity Report for Match No. 59 Tooro United v UPDF played on 30th November 2021, investigation into Match No. 90 Gaddafi FC Vs Onduparaka FC played on 21st December 2021 as well as his own admissions and established that in the matches mentioned above and on other numerous occasions, Mr. Kalibala received financial gain in return for influencing the outcome of the matches.
The decision was based on FUFA’s zero tolerance against all kinds of match manipulation and or match fixing, the need for sanctions to serve as a deterrent to other individuals, the need to maintain the integrity of the sport, and the threat match fixing poses to sports competitions.
In this respect, the Committee stresses that Mr. Kalibala was subject to the strongest sanction the Committee could impose.
Further investigations are ongoing on this matter and other cases as reported to FUFA.”