The FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel (CDP), yesterday ruled to dock six points and six goals off Proline FC as well as a slap the club with a UGX 5 million fine for bringing the game into disrepute.
Proline are therefore set not to take this lightly, and have vowed to appeal against the ruling.
According to club CEO William Bakkabulindi, he says that the club expected such a ruling, and that the club is going to appeal to FUFA.
“We expected such a ruling, in fact, we should have had an appeal letter accompany our initial submission to the disciplinary panel,” Bakkabulindi said.
Case for Proline
The Uganda cup champions argued and informed FUFA and the UPL secretariat that they will not be honoring the aforementioned fixture because of what they believed to be an unfair sporting ground.
Proline defender Mustafa Mujuzi and midfielder Bright Anukani were included in the squad that traveled to Kenya for the international friendly that was played on Sunday.
Although Mujuzi’s was summon was communicated on time, Anukani was a late addition to Abdallah Mubiru’s squad. Proline then insisted that without the two players, their squad was significantly weakened.
Additionally, it being a FIFA gazetted international week, Proline felt that the league fixture could not take priority over an international fixture within a FIFA sanctioned international week.
The newly promoted side also quoted the 2001 FIFA circular 792, which states that international friendly matches to be played on fixed/set dates take priority over matches in a national championship and that national championships or cup competitions should not be arranged on one for the fixed/set dates
The panel headed by FUFA disciplinary Committee chairman Deo Mutabaazi, ruled that, according to the referee’s report, Proline which was the home team did not appear for the game scheduled for Saturday 7th, September.
The panel also found that the 2001 FIFA circular no. 792, which Proline based their defence against, despite coming into effect on January 2002, is nolonger in line with the prevailing FIFA statutes.
The panel also found that Star Times Uganda Premier League was justified in upholding the fixture according to Article 19 of the FUFA Competition rules, that provides that a league fixture can be called off if a club has three or more players called up to the national team at a particular time. With Proline having only two players called up to the national team, it was justified for UPL to uphold the fixture.
Proline were further found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute through their various public communications and pronouncements about the matter, actions which depicted that UPL and the entire football management as ignorant of football regulations.
What next for Proline FC?
“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,”
“We aren’t against anyone but we want justice by getting to know if we did any harm by not honoring the fixture during a FIFA gazetted weekend for international engagements.” Bakkabulindi continued.
Proline FC are currently in Kigali, Rwanda ahead of their CAF Confederation cup first leg encounter against AS Kigali scheduled for Saturday 14th, September at the Stade Nyamirambo.
At the moment, Proline are bottom of the Star Times Uganda Premier League log with -3 points and -8 goals.