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UPL: Bayo Red Card Controversy Mars Wakiso, Vipers Draw

Referee Shamira Nabadda handed Fahad Bayo a straight red card. Sanyukatv photo

Friday, March 6
*Wakiso Giants 0-0 Vipers SC

Vipers’ striker Fahad Bayo was ‘wrongfully’ sent off as his side were held to a goalless draw against Wakiso Giants in a league game at Wakissha.

Referee Shamirah Nabadda made the decision to give Bayo a red card in the 35th minute but the visitors held on thereafter to pick a priceless point.

Vipers move to 54 points, four above KCCA FC in second as Wakiso who failed to benefit from their numerical advantage go to 30 points.

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An eventful affair between Vipers (red) and Wakiso. SanyukaTV photo

The Talking Point

Bayo, with both hands, intentionally handled Ayub Kisalita’s loop to stop the centre back from launching an attack forward in an event that occurred in Wakiso half.

Bayo approached Nabadda in an attempt to plead for the committed offence but the centre referee shockingly issued out a red card to the Uganda Cranes striker.

The striker, just like Vipers bench, the fans and players on the pitch, froze in total disbelief about the colour of the card shown.

After seconds of hesitation, Bayo regained composure and was escorted off the pitch by a steward who had made his way to the playing surface.

What Do The Rules Say?

The only incident when a straight red card is issued out for an handball is when the player has denied a goal-bound shot.

Without doubt, Bayo handled the ball intentionally but he had to be punished with a yellow card – Nabadda got it wrong. Unless Bayo uttered out abusive words to the referee, which remains an assumption for now.

FIFA Rules On Handball:

  • Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm, deliberately and blatantly handles the ball to prevent an opponent gaining possession, attempts to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball

What is the punishment:

  • There are circumstances when a caution (yellow) for unsporting behaviour is required when a player deliberately hand the ball, e.g. when a player: deliberately and blantantly handles the ball to prevent a opponent gaining possession, attempts to score a goal by deliberately handling the ball.
  • A player is sent off, however, if he prevents a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. This punishment arises not from the act of the player deliberately handling the ball but from the unacceptable and unfair intervention that prevented a goal being scored.

A couple of missed chances

Before he was sent off, Bayo had come close twice; he had his header off Geoffrey Wasswa’s freekick in the area rattle the crossbar while his other shot from a tight angle was kept out by Derrick Emukule.

Paul Mucureezi strolled forward, played a one-two with Innocent Wafula, but his resultant shot went over the bar.

Substitute Denis Mwemezi was denied by Derrick Emukule after he was put through by Tito Okello and he later headed out a good delivery at near post.

Kisalita headed off the line to keep out Mucureezi a goal after Emukule had moved out to clear from danger.

The Purple Sharks enjoyed more possession in the second stanza but failed to find the back of the net.

Faizul Anin forced goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora into a low save after receiving from Karim Ndugwa outside the box in one of their big chances.

Lineups Used

Wakiso Giants XI – Derrick Emukule, Geriga Atendele, Alex Komakech, Swaib Mude, Ayub Kisalita, Faizul Ibrahim, Amos Muwonge, Hassan Ssenyonjo, Karim Ndugwa, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Gadafi Wahab

Substitutes – Richard Anyama, Ivan Kiweewa, Fahad Kawooya, Aggrey Madoi, Hakim Ssenkumba, Muwadda Kateregga, Ivan Ssebuguzi

Vipers SC XI – Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Innocent Wafula, Geoffrey Wasswa, Ahmed Amayo, Ibrahim Tembo, Abraham Ndugwa, Karim Watambala, Fahad Bayo, Paul Mucureezi, Allan Kayiwa.

Substitutes – Derrick Ochan, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Dan Sserunkuma, Tito Okello, Umar Kyebatala, Denis Mwemezi

Match Officials

Referee – Shamirah Nabadda
Asst Referee – Mark Ssonko
Asst Referee – Robson Atusinguzi
Fourth official – Robert Donney
Referees Assessor – Margaret Kubingi

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