Warriors player Gabriel Aredo has been suspended for 10 months by the Uganda Rugby Union, for beating New Vision Journalist Johnson Were.
The Rugby Union this evening released a statement to confirm the suspension after a meeting was summoned on the 28th of last month, where both parties submitted statements from the brawl.
In a video that surfaced on the 25th of September, Aredo was seen tackling Johnson Were who he tried to prohibit from taking photos of a scuffle during a semifinal clash between KOBs and Heathens at the Kyabazinga Sevens.
“The Disciplinary Committee of the Uganda Rugby Union was convened on 28th September 2022 and all parties were invited to provide their independent accounts of the incident.” The statement read.
“The Disciplinary Committee reviewed the merits in the statement and interaction during the session and provided their recommendation to the Executive Committee of Uganda Rugby Union.”
The ruling took effect on the 29th of September, implying Aredo will return to play again on 29th July 2023 but it sanctions him from all Rugby activities as well.
Aredo’s suspension is a bid by the Union to restore rapport with the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA), which announced a media blackout on Rugby after the incident.
USPA is yet to release a statement but reports indicate further negotiations are underway to have the journalist compensated.