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10 referees de-registered, dismissed

Uganda Football Referees Association (UFRA) has de-registered and dismissed ten errant referees who defied the federation advice and proceeded to officiate non acceptable League matches.

UFRA Chairman who also doubles as a CAF Technical Instructor, Ali Waiswa told a weekly press conference here at FUFA house in Mengo this Wednesday morning that the decision takes immediate effect.  On January 19th FUFA suspended the Uganda Super League to enable the clubs enforce the Disciplinary Committee ban on the USL Chairman Kavuma Kabenge and the CEO Ebil Ssegawa among other issues.

The Referees’ standing committee withdrew all the officials who had earlier been appointed but USL went ahead to hand pick others to handle the fixtures. Some of the culprits retired from active refereeing but remained members of UFRA. “We no longer recognize them and whoever deals with them with effect from today deals with football fans and not our members”, said Waiswa. The fired members include Mulima Sulaiman, Temaligwe Abubakar, Nsubuga Jackson, Katunze Jon Bosco, Kalule Kasujja, Nsereko Charles, Kabuye Asuman, Dhakaba Menya, Elayu Daniel and Khalid Musana who featured under disguised names of Nsubuga Ibrahim.

Article 12(1) of the FIFA Referees’ Regulations on the organization of Refereeing in FIFA Member Associations reads: ‘The appointment of Referees is a fundamental part of Referee development and must be undertaken by the Referees committee in conjunction with the refereeing department. No club, league or other body of the member Association may interfere in the referee appointment process ’. Waisswa further disclosed that most of the members were second time offenders.

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