Gaddafi Football Club continues to struggle on the playing field and, they will struggle even more without head coach Wasswa Bossa for at least two competition matches. This, as the tactician serves time off the bench for offending a match official with abusive language and serious threatening conduct during his side’s match against Wakiso Giants.
The FUFA Competition Disciplinary Committee (CDC) considered the fact that Bossa is a recurring offender and judged him guilty. In the present case, the Competitions Disciplinary Panel has decided to impose the suspension and fines by way of sanction in order to reflect the seriousness of the offence identified.
Bossa has been suspended for two competition matches effective immediately, as of 28th November 2022. The management of the club has also been advised and directed to ensure the implementation of the sanction, or it suffers the consequences of fielding ineligible persons. A fine of UGX 1,000,000 (Uganda Shillings One Million) to be paid by completion of the suspension in sanction.
As such, Bossa is prohibited from taking part in any football activities until payment of the above prescribed fine. Therefore, for a team that has played eight games, won only three, drawn thrice and lost two, positioned in the eightth place with 12 points earned, they will miss Bossa. In Bossa’s case judgment, the disciplinary panel found the coach guilty for his conduct and bad language towards the match official witch is in total contravention of the FUFA Competitions Rules which brought the game of football into disrepute.
That Bossa had written response to the Committee wherein, denied the allegations and stated that he didn’t attack the match official and or use abusive language contrary to the match report, wasn’t defense enough. At least given that the match day video recordings had captured him do it.
He committed the saddening offense during a Star Times Uganda Premier League Match 53 Wakiso Giants FC vs Gaddafi FC, played on Friday 18th November 2022, at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium. Bossa’s dubious actions came moments after his team player Godfrey Lwesibawa had been booked for fouling an opponent, culminating into a penalty shootout and an eventual score against Gaddafi.
Bossa started confronting the match official in a threatening manner and using abusive language while contesting the penalty awarded to the opponent. The Committee relied on the provisions of the FUFA Competition Rules and Regulations specifically articles relevant to this matter, herein under; Article 31(2).
It states that a participant shall at all times, act in the best interest of the game and shall not act in any manner, which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behavior.
Any participant in breach of this section, shall be charged and if found in breach shall be liable for disciplinary actions of a suspension or a ban not exceeding fifteen competition matches or specified period with or without a fine depending on the discretion of the CDP, TOC or appropriate Judicial bodies. Clubs in a competition are responsible for order and security both inside and outside the stadium before, during and after matches.
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