The FUFA Executive Committee has lifted the suspension on Express FC matches after meeting members of the Uganda Football Referees Association (UFRA) and the FUFA Referees Standing Committee (FRSC) at FUFA House in Mengo.
The federation confirmed on Friday, November 10 that all matches that were affected will be rescheduled by the organisers of the Competition.
FUFA was represented by the federation President – Hon. Moses Magogo, 3rd Vice President – Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, and EXCO Member – Rogers Mulindwa and Deputy CEO Decolas Kiiza.
UFRA was represented by CEO – Hilary Kimbuggwe, Vice Chairman David Davies Katabira and member – Saleh Bogere.
Chairman FRSC Brian Nsubuga Miiro represented the committee alongside vice chairman Akram Matovu and Catherine Adipo who’s in charge of Technical and Development on the committee.
UPL Manager Paul Kabaikaramu, FUFA Referees Manager Samuel Egesa and FUFA Legal Officer Shebah Ampairewete all in attendance.
The suspension was as a result of ugly scenes by a section of fans against one of the referees Fahad Sekayuba who handled the Uganda Premier League UPL match between UPDF FC and Express FC on 27th October 2023 in Bombo.
Sekayuba was attacked on his way back to Kampala after the match, leaving him severely injured. Meanwhile, FUFA has also agreed to foot the medical bills of the victim.
The FUFA Executive has also decided that the FUFA Judicial Processes and Government organs in relation to this matter continue for justice to prevail.
“If individuals or parties are found guilty, they will be sanctioned,” FUFA announced.
The Objective of the meeting was also to discuss matters on protection of the match officials and integrity of the game with the proper application of the Laws of the Game while corrective measures will be undertaken against those who err.
Before their suspension, the Red Eagles had played five games and lost none, winning three and drawing the other two.
Express’ last game in the league was the 1-1 draw away to UPDF. The following games against SC Villa and Wakiso Giants were both postponed.
Next on Express’ fixture is a home game against Maroons on November 25 at the Muteesa II Memorial Stadium, Wankulukuku.