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UPL: Will Proline run to FIFA over ‘unfair FUFA judgement’

The wrangles between StarTimes Uganda Premier League side Proline FC and the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) are not about to end, the former is set to drag the FA to football’s international governing body, FIFA over what they term as unfair judgement.

The standoff stems from the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel’s (CDP) ruling to deduct Proline FC of six points and six goals for failing to honour a league fixture.

On 7th September, Proline refused to turn up for their scheduled league fixture against SC Villa at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo.

They argued that being a gazetted FIFA international weekend, it was not mandated upon clubs to play league games with preference given to international matches.

With two of Proline’s big-name players called up to the Uganda Cranes team for the friendly against Kenya that same weekend, Proline also felt greatly underprivileged to be able to get the best result over a full-strength Villa side.

On 11th September, The CDP ruled that Proline loses the said match by forfeiture and as a result, they were docked six points and six goals from those accumulated or to be accumulated in accordance with Article 24 (9) of the FUFA Competition rules.

The Panel also fined the club UGX 5,000,000 (Five Million shillings) for bringing the game into disrepute, for outing misguiding communications to the media.

Proline were not comfortable with the ruling of the panel and subsequently appealed the decision to the FUFA appeals committee.

The Appeals Committee has on Tuesday dismissed Proline FC’s appeal against the decision issued on 11th September 2019 by the FUFA CDP.

Confirming the decision of CDP Ordering that Proline FC loses the match against SC Villa by forfeiture, be docked six points and six goals from those accumulated or to be accumulated and a fine of UGX 5,000,000 be confirmed.

What next for Proline?

Club director Mujib Kasule has made it clear that they are willing to traverse all in order to get a fair ruling in the matter.

“Of course, our next move is first of all to appeal to FUFA and if they fail to listen to us then the FIFA court of Arbitration in Zurich is where we shall run for help,” Mujib earlier told media.

With the FUFA Appeals committee dismissing their appeal, it all points towards nothing but further appeal to FIFA’s court of Arbitration in Zurich.

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