StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) clubs, Mbarara City and Myda have been sanctioned and cautioned respectively for violations on match days.
For the case of Mbarara City, they will play their next league match with no spectators at all after fans and the club breached Covid-19 prevention rules.
“Disciplinary proceedings were opened against, the management of Mbarara City FC following the allowing of Fans/Spectators into the stadium for Mbarara City Fc Vs Vipers SC match that was played on Saturday 6th March, 2021 at Kakyeka Stadium,” reads in part a letter from the Fufa Competitions Disciplinary Panel.
This was done “without written authorization from Fufa.”
“And most of the fans were seen not wearing face masks.
The committee quoted Article 10 of the FUFA COVID-19 Regulations to rein in on Mbarara.
It States: “All matches shall be played without spectators, spectators shall only be allowed with written permission from FUFA and anyclub/team that violates Art 10(2) shall be liable to disciplinary action.
“Article 11 of the FUFA COVID-19 Regulations establishes that,” added the Fufa statement, “Wearing face masks at all times is mandatory while in the stadium.”
The panel, therefore, came out with the following decision.
“In the present case, the Competitions Disciplinary Panel identified and took into account the fact that Mbarara City FC did not get written permission from FUFA to allow spectators into the stadium.
“Mbarara City has previously been warned and cautioned against violation of the FUFA COVID-19 Regulations.
“The majority of the fans that were allowed into the stadium were not wearing masks.”
The panel, therefore, “SANCTIONS Mbarara City FC for violating the FUFA COVID-19 regulations with one match under closed stadium for the next Uganda Premier League game which is Mbarara City Fc Vs Bright Stars to be played on Saturday 13th March 2021 at Kakyeka Stadium.
“Should you fail to heed to the sanction above,” added the statement, “The CDP shall be constrained to take more stringent disciplinary measures against you.”
In the case of Myda, disciplinary proceedings were opened against, the management of the club following the delayed arrival of the team on the Wakiso Giants FC VS Myda FC match.
That match was played on 2nd March 2021 at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium. The late arrival forced the match to kick off 30 minutes late.
“The Competitions Disciplinary Panel identified and took into account the fact that; Myda FC did arrive late for the match on 2nd March 2021 prompting the match tokick off late.
“Myda FC is remorseful in their written response to the CDP.
“Accordingly, CDP hereby; CAUTIONS AND STRONGLY WARNS Myda FC against late arrival at the pitch on match days.”
The statement added: “An automatic fine of UGX 500,000 (Uganda Shillings Five Hundred Thousand only) to be paid into the FUFA Account in the event that MYDA FC arrives late to another game.”