By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Last month after the controversial match between Uganda Premier League (UPL) defending champions Vipers SC and Police FC, the latter club’s Chairman Assistant Inspector of Police (AIGP) Asan Kasingye took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with the way the match officials officiated the match. Police lost 3 – 2 to Vipers.
Before getting involved in the back and forth Twitter war that spanned days, Kasingye had left his VIP booth at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende and made his way to the touchline to protest the match officials’ decisions even before the final whistle.
Kasingye’s behaviour attracted harsh criticism from fans and some sports reporters, saying that it was unbecoming of a club’s chairman to behave as erratic as Kasingye did.
The “Twitter cop” defended his actions and words thereof in a string of tweets over the days that followed, claiming that there is a lot of corruption in FUFA and that the football governing body in the country has displayed favouritism for Vipers on several occasions.
It looks like Kasingye’s words and actions have backfired on him, and the long arm of the FUFA law has caught up with him. News reaching us indicates that FUFA has fined Kasingye a minimum of Shs2.5 million to be paid within 30 days.
FUFA reached their verdict after determining that Kasingye violated Article 39(2) of the FUFA Ethics Code, which provides that; Persons bound by this Code are forbidden from making any public statements of a defamatory nature towards FUFA and /or towards any other person bound by this code in the context of FUFA events.
“Mr Asan Kasingye is sanctioned with; A minimum fine of shs2.5m (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Uganda Shillings Only) under Article 39 (3) and Article 40 (2) of the FUFA Ethics Code. The fine must be paid within thirty (30) days from receipt of the decision,” FUFA stated.
FUFA added that should Kasingye fail to pay the fine or commit any other specified offence; he will be automatically banned for six months from all national and international football-related activities.
“An automatic six-month ban from all football-related activities (Nationally and Internationally to be served in the event that Kasingye commits any other specified unethical conduct against match officials or club officials or in case he fails to furnish proof of payment of the fine.”
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