Basketball ruling body in Uganda, Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) has give referee Alex Onen a four weeks (One month) suspension.
The development follows a recent brawl that occurred at YMCA, in a game that saw KIU Titans humiliate City Oilers on Friday 3rd August, immediately after the game.
Despite being at a receiving end of the brawl, where he left the court in tears, FUBA’s ruling, has seen the referee given a suspension.
The altercation involved Referee Onen and City Oilers officials Hajji Santur and Ahmed Hassan.
“Onen has been found to have violated article 7.01, subsection b (iii) for the unsportsmanlike way he held Hassan Ahmed,” reads an excerpt from the ruling document.
The ruling continues: “He shall be suspended for 4 weeks effectively. This means, during this time he won’t be appointed to officiate any FUBA supervised games.”
In a ruling document signed by FUBA vice president (Technical) Joseph Manano, it notes that Onen went against the competition’s Article VII – Code of conduct.
The section 7, b (III) says: “Blatantly taunting or insulting words and or behaviour in unsportsmanlike manner. To be unsportsmanlike is to act in a manner unbecoming to the image of basketball.”
In the same ruling, City Oilers’ director Hassan Ahmed, has been given a 5 game ban.
City Oilers’ manager who also hold the same role for the National team (the Silverbacks), has skipped the ban. However, he has been ordered to meet Referee Onen’s medical bills.
“Santur, by the fact that he wasn’t involved in Hassan and Alex’s exchange from when it started, he only acted by instinct,” reads the ruling.
Here is the Ruling in full: FUBA Ruling