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Suspended Magogo could be in more trouble with FIFA

Embattled: FUFA President Moses Magogo

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) president Moses Hashim Magogo could face further sanctions from International football governing body, FIFA over the breach of one of its suspension terms. 

On 10th October, Magogo was suspended by FIFA’s Adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, after he entered into a plea bargain with the committee following investigations into his role in the fraudulent sale of 2014 World Cup tickets

In May 2017, Makindye East member of Parliament and football enthusiast, Allan Ssewanyana petitioned FIFA’s Ethics and Integrity Committee in Zurich, Switzerland with evidence of Magogo’s corrupt and illegal dealings regards to the resale of the tickets.

Ssewanyana called on FIFA to investigate Magogo’s involvement in a scam to sell 126 tickets meant for Ugandans to non-Ugandans.

This was through his agent Ms. Peninah Kabenge Aligaweesa through whom $40,000 (approx. UGX 146 million) were channelled by USA based Howard Scwartz for the purchase of the said tickets.

Following days of investigation, Magogo who is also an Executive Member of CAF, was slapped with a two months suspension.

The suspension that doesn’t allow him to take part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level, on top of paying a fine worth a 10,000 (approx. 38 million Ugandan Shillings).

However, Magogo breached one of the suspension terms after he was cited at the Mandela National Stadium on Sunday during the Uganda Cranes 2-0 win over Malawi. 

Magogo was in company of close allies and accomplices national teams manager Patrick Ntege and journalist Fred Katende Malibu. 

What constitutes the suspension: A suspension from all football related activities prohibits an individual from any involvement in football. This includes but is not limited to; 

Attending and participating in any official association football match, attending or participating in any training activities connected to any club or team under the jurisdiction of FIFA, Conducting any administrative duties connected to football or a football club.

On the above grounds as well, reports indicate that Magogo played a huge role in convincing SC Villa players who were on a sit down strike before their game against Onduparaka, to travel to Arua for the game. 

If found guilty of the breach, Magogo faces upto five years suspension or a life ban from football.

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