Onduparaka fined for fan violence

Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) side Onduparaka have been charged with violent conduct and ordered to pay Shs1m to the competition’s secretariat.

The said offence was committed last week during a league match between hosts Vipers and Onduparaka at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

“Reference is made to the referee’s report for the above mentioned match that was played on Tuesday 9th May 2017 at St Mary’s Stadium-Kitende and witnesses from persons of authority,” reads in part a statement signed by the league CEO Bernard Bainamani.

“The report indicates that Onduparaka FC fans threw objects at the first assistant referee and that at half time Onduparaka FC fans attempted to push down the internal perimeter fence of the stadium but were stopped by police.”

It’s also reported that after the match, Onduparaka fans beat up a Vipers SC fan, severely injuring him.

The statement further says that “It is absurd that despite previous fines the club has failed to prevail over its Fans.

“Once again, the Secretariat condemns in the strongest terms possible the continued acts of violence and hooliganism by Onduparaka fans.

“Accordingly, Onduparaka FC has been fined 100UAs (1,000,000/=) for failing to prevail over their fans.

“This decision has been made in the spirit of fighting hooliganism and violence which affects the League as a brand.

“Onduparaka FC is again reminded to engage and sensitize their fans over the issue of violence and hooliganism.”