Mbarara City Football Club have been fined Shs1m for what Fufa Disciplinary committee called “unsporting behaviour.”
The Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) side are accused of hiding match balls during a game against Police, an act carried out by the home ball boys.
It is reported that during the said match at Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara on Saturday October 21, ball boys hid match balls and the referee was forced to stop play for two minutes until when the balls were brought back.
The UPL Secretariat forwarded the case to the Fufa Disciplinary Panel for handling and the panel has reverted with the following decision.
“The panel decided that the act of hiding match balls by the ball boys is unsporting behavior and a breach of the laws of the game,” reads in part a statement outed by UPL on Thursday morning.
“Article 16.9 of Uganda Premier League rules 2017/18 provides that ‘use of official match balls is mandatory.
“The match day referee must ensure physical presence of at least eight official match balls before kickoff and this number of balls must at all times during play be available for use.
“The home team (Mbarara City FC) violated this rule. Accordingly the home team (Mbarara City FC) has been fined one million Uganda Shillings to be paid to the TOC (Uganda Premier League Secretariat).”
Mbarara have the right to appeal if not satisfied with the decision.