Express to Play Behind Closed Doors, Fined for Fans Trouble

In a bid to curb fans’ violence in and around the stadiums, this site Uganda Premier League secretariat has fined Express FC for indiscipline behavior exhibited after their one all draw against Kirinya on Saturday 1st October at Wankulukuku.

It was reported that a section of the disgruntled fans assaulted the match officials after the final whistle and ended up beating the first assistant referee Sadique Waswa.

“This is to inform that the referee’ s report match #59 Express FC vs Kirinya Jinja SSS FC that was played on Saturday 1st October 2016 at Wankulukuku stadium indicate that at the end of the match, buy information pills Express FC fans attacked match officials and beat up one of the assistant referee, ” the UPL statement partly read. “It is also reported that the said assistant referee lost his phones in the scuffle.”

Donney returns
The match also witnessed the return of controversial referee Robert Donney as the centre referee. He was assisted by Waswa and Draru as the first and second officials respectively while David Nsubuga was the fourth official.

Express FC fans have been synonymous to violence with numerous sanctions and calls from the stakeholders for the vice to be halted but in no vain. UPL further adds that “Despite several sanctions to the club against fans hooligans and violence at the club’s home and away matches, there have been no signs of improvement!”

The secretariat believes that this chaos does not only affect the club’s brand but the league with a risk of scaring away the fans and sponsors- current and potential.

“The Secretariat has therefore invoked article 33.2(b) of the Fufa competitions rules to make Express FC play their next home games without spectators in addition to a fine of 300 UAs (three hundred thousand shillings) payable to the secretariat before their next league game.”

Therefore Express have to pay the fine before their next fixture which is away to Kavumba against Police on Friday before playing in an empty stadium next Tuesday versus Bright Stars

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