FUFA has banned Referee John Bosco Kalibbala for 15 years!
Kalibbala was initially given a three-month ban earlier this year for influencing results in two Uganda Premier League games for the 2021/22 season.
The two said games are Tooro United Vs UPDF played on 30th November 2021, and Gaddafi FC Vs Onduparaka FC played on 21st December 2021.
The game between Gaddafi and Onduparaka ended 2-2 at the the Gaddafi arena in Jinja, a game that had three penalties.
One of the goals scored on the day saw Gaddafi’s defender Hassan Musana retake his spot kick, after the first one had intially been saved by Onduparaka’s goal keeper Mathias Muwanga.
Kalibbala failed to justify the order to retake the penalities.
In the other game, Kalibbala awarded four penalties, two each to both Tooro United and UPDF at Buhinga, with some questionable, before the hosts emerged 4-2 winners.
FUFA then forwarded the matter to the Investigation Chamber of the Ethics Committee to further investigate whether the incorrect decisions were intended to pre-determine the results of the match contrary to the FUFA Ethics Code.
And after the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee analysed the evidence from the two games as well as Kalibbala’s own admissions, the punishment has been made.
FUFA says that they established that in the two matches and on other numerous occasions, Kalibbala received financial gain in return for influencing the outcome of the matches.
The statement reads in part: “The decision was based on FUFA’s zero tolerance against all kinds of match manipulation and or match fixing, the need for sanctions to serve as a deterrent to other individuals, the need to maintain the integrity of the sport, and the threat match fixing poses to sports competitions.”