A row has developed between StarTimes Uganda Premier League sides Maroons FC and league leaders Vipers SC, over the former’s alleged use of a suspended player. Hannington Ssebwalunnyo
Maroons FC, hosted Vipers at the Prisons Grounds in Luzira, in a closely contested affair that saw both teams settle for a 1-1 stalemate.
Fred Amaku put the hosts in the lead at the death of half time, before Fahad Bayo levelled matters for Vipers in the 67th Minute.
However, the game has continued off the field with Vipers alleging that Maroons fielded an ineligible player in goalkeeper Ssebwalunnyo.
Vipers have since taken the relevant steps, petitioning the FUFA Competitions Committee over the issue, with the competitions department already opening proceedings into the matter.
According to Vipers and information which is also available on the league’s official website www.upl.co.ug, the shot stopper received bookings during the games against Kyetume, Proline and Express and was therefore ineligible to play in their game.
However, Maroons claim that Ssebwalunyo was booked against Kyetume, Express and Bright Stars and they rested him against Busoga United before returning for the 2-1 loss to Proline.
UPL Chief Executive Officer Bernard Bainamani has defended his institution of any wrongdoing, stating that their records are straight.
“That booking (against Bright Stars) was created by the club maybe,” Bainamani told Football-256.
“Otherwise, as per the Referee’s report which we base ourselves on to post to the website, there was no booking for the player in question,” he added.
Bainamani went on to stress that UPL as a secretariat will also have to look into the matter and investigate whether there was a deliberate omission by any of the referees or it was just an error of omission.
“However, if there is evidence to the contrary, we are ready to receive and open a case against a referee, if they made the omission of such material incident.”
The FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel is yet to come up with a ruling on the issue, as Maroons were given up to close of business on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 to file their defence.