Mbarara City FC are likely to start the second round without three key players after the FUFA competitions disciplinary panel slapped a four match ban on them.
The three are left back Yesseri Waibi, goalkeeper Ali Kimera and midfielder Swaliki Ssegujja.
The trio reportedly attacked the centre referee at the final whistle in the 1-0 loss to Kirinya Jinja in Bugembe on November 15.
“AUPL match#87 Kirinya Jinja SSS FC Vs Mbarara City FC match officials’ reports indicated that players Waibi Yeseri (Shirt No 3), Kimera Ali (Shirt No 1), and Ssegujja Swaliki (Shirt No 8) attacked the center referee after the match……” read part of the ruling addressed to Mbarara City CEO.
DECISION The FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel resolved that this act contravened article 30 of FUFA Competitions Rules 2017/18.
Accordingly, the trio was found guilty and sanctioned as per article 30.8(iii) of the FUFA Competitions Rules 2017/18 and are to serve a suspension of FOUR (4) AUPL matches for UNSPORTING BEHAVIOR towards a match official.
However the Ankole Lions have an opportunity to appeal the decision.
The decision takes immediate effect. Any dissatisfied party has a right to appeal.
Mbarara City finished the first round of the season with 19 points and comfortably 9th on the 16-team log.