StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) club, Onduparaka, are the second side in a space of a week to be sanctioned by authorities for breaching Covid-19 rules.
Mbarara City were last week also sanctioned for the same offence of allowing in spectators without authorization of Fufa.
Disciplinary proceedings were opened against the management of Onduparaka
following the influx of fans/spectators into the stadium for their home match against Mbarara City on March 9 at Green Light Stadium in Arua.
The Competitions Disciplinary Panel accuses Onduparaka for doing so without a written authorization from Fufa, and that most of the fans were
seen not wearing face masks.
Upon taking in Onduparaka’s defence, the panel found out that the club had breached Article 10 of the Fufa Covid-19 Regulations.
The article states that, “All matches shall be played without spectators, spectators shall only be allowed with written permission from Fufa, and any club/team that violates Art 10(2) above shall be liable to disciplinary action.
“Article 11 of the Fufa Covid-19 Regulations further establish that
‘Wearing face masks at all times is mandatory while in the stadium.”
Because Onduparaka have previously been cautioned for violation of the same, the panel this time decided to punish them.
“Accordingly,” reads a circular signed off by the CDP boss, Deo Mutabazi, Onduparaka are sanctioned and will play “one match under closed stadium for the next Uganda Premier League game.”
The game affected is against URA on March 17.
“Should you fail to heed to the sanction above,” Mutabazi warned, “The CDP shall be constrained to take stronger disciplinary measures against you.”