SOCCER: Money Penalty Riles Villa

find try geneva; font-size: small;”>It waits to be seen whether Fufa will positively respond to Villa’s demands of rescinding their decision by end of Monday short of which the eight-time winners are threatening litigation

“It’s no longer about working together to end violence, ” said Villa football director Joseph Kanaaba, “Fufa’s stance clearly shows it’s now about money.”SC Villa were last Thursday expelled from this season’s Uganda Cup following chaos that marred their quarter-final clash against URA at Lugazi two days before.

Villa also stand to lose Shs4.4m following the abandonment of the tie and ‘their’ fans behaviour on the day.

The game was stopped in the 71st minute after fans, some of who clad in Villa attire, attacked match officials and players with missiles leading to gunshots and teargas – and consequently the game’s call-off.

Among the seven sanctions handed to Villa include a refund Shs1.05m so far earned from the sponsors.

But Fufa had not paid the said sponsors money to Villa for the rounds they had successfully reached.

“It’s about money. We have been demanding our money from them (Fufa) and every time we have demanded for our money they consistently told us to come back next week.”

“Now they are saying you can’t access it because of crowd violence in Lugazi. Then it leaves you wondering, is this about money or is it about them having a concerted effort to fight violence in the stadia?


“So that is where our opposition comes is. It’s not because we support crowd violence. It is because we are principled people, we want a fair hearing, we want standard rules world over followed.”

“World over the home team provides security and in this case URA were supposed to provide security.”

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