FUFA hands referee 15 years ban

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By Morris Rawal

John Bosco Kalibbala, a referee, gets a 15-year suspension from FUFA.

The sentence was determined by the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee after they examined the data from the two games and Kalibbala’s own confessions.

In the two matches and on other multiple instances, according to FUFA, it was proven that Kalibbala got financial gain in exchange for influencing the results of the games.

Earlier this year, Kalibbala was initially given a three-month suspension for tampering with the outcome of two Uganda Premier League games for the 2021–2022 season.

The two aforementioned matches are Tooro United vs. UPDF on November 30, 2021, and Gaddafi FC vs. Onduparaka FC on December 21, 2021.

At the Gaddafi stadium in Jinja, the game between Gaddafi and Onduparaka, which had three penalties, concluded 2-2.

Hassan Musana, a defender for Gaddafi, scored one of the goals on the day by retaking a penalty kick after Onduparaka goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga had initially saved it. Kalibbala was unable to defend his decision of retaking the penalty

In the other game, Kalibbala made four dubious penalties, two apiece to Tooro United and UPDF at Buhinga, before the hosts won 4-2.

In order to further examine whether the wrong judgments were made with the intent to predetermine the outcome of the match in violation of the FUFA Ethics Code, FUFA then sent the case to the Investigation Chamber of the Ethics Committee.

“Upon critical analysis of the evidence on the file and the submissions of Mr. Kalibala, the Committee found the referee guilty of infringement of Article 31 of the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Code (Duty to report) and Article 44 of the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Code (Manipulation of football matches

“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”.

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