Uganda Premier League side Onduparaka FC will play their next game under closed doors after breaching COVID-19 rules.
This was confirmed by the Fufa Competitions Disciplinary Panel on Tuesday, March 16 through a circular signed off by the Panel’s chairperson Deo Mutabazi.
“Onduparaka are sanctioned and will play one match under closed stadium for the next Uganda Premier League game.” Read part of the circular.
It is understood that Disciplinary sanctions were opened against the Caterpillars after their management allowed an influx of fans into the stadium for their home match against Mbarara City on March 9 at Green Light Stadium in Arua.
The Competitions Disciplinary Panel accuses Onduparaka for doing so without a written authorization from Fufa, and that most of the fans were seen not wearing face masks.
Upon taking in Onduparaka’s defence, the panel found out that the club had breached Article 10 of the Fufa Covid-19 Regulations.
The article states that, “All matches shall be played without spectators, spectators shall only be allowed with written permission from Fufa, and any club/team that violates Art 10(2) above shall be liable to disciplinary action.
“Article 11 of the Fufa Covid-19 Regulations further establish that ‘Wearing face masks at all times is mandatory while in the stadium.”
Because Onduparaka have previously been cautioned for violation of the same, the panel this time decided to punish them.
The club has also been cautioned about ensuring the sanctions are put into place otherwise a stronger Disciplinary measure shall be taken against them.
Onduparaka becomes the second UPL team to face sanctions over breach of COVID-19 rules after Mbarara City, two weeks ago.
Their next league fixture will be at home to URA FC on March 17.