♦Between the lines: “Article 39(2) of the FUFA ethics code provides that; persons bound by this code are forbidden from making any public statements of a defamatory nature towards Fufa and /or towards any other person bound by this code in the context of Fufa events.”
The football governing body in Uganda, Federation of Uganda Football Associations – FUFA has slapped Police FC chairman, also Police chief political commissar, Asan Kasingye with a Shs2.5 million fine for his comments against referees.
This was after his team Police FC lost to Vipers SC – the venoms in a 3-2 match on February 19, which Kasingye claimed the Venoms influenced matchday officials in their favor, he went ahead to ask Fufa to punish him.
The chair was annoyed when Derrick Ochan was sent off by referees George Olemu and his assistant Juma Osire, though the decision was later reversed by the Premier League secretariat.
“I am now waiting for my suspension. That will be my highest achievement ever in managing a UPL team for 30 years. Fufa, hurry up, suspend me and enjoy your referees’ antics!” irked Kasingye commented.
“Let it come even now. Are they not late? This is going to liberate the clubs that fear to talk out. Vipers will do it again. In the near future, you will remember me. In fact, I am setting a legacy in Uganda’s football that will transcend my physical life on earth,” he said.
FUFA has now responded to the officer’s comments which they say are defamatory in nature contrary to Article 39(2) of the FUFA ethics code.
“The Fufa ethics and the disciplinary committee has sanctioned Police FC chairman [Asan] Kasingye for violating Article 39(2) of the Fufa ethics code which provides that; persons bound by this code are forbidden from making any public statements of a defamatory nature towards Fufa and /or towards any other person bound by this code in the context of Fufa events,” the federation statement read.
The body further sanctioned him with a fine worth Shs2.5 millions paid with in a period of not more than 30 days.
“Kasingye is sanctioned with; a minimum fine of Ush 2.5M [Two million five hundred thousand Uganda shillings only] under Article 39 (3) and Article 40 (2) of the Fufa ethics code. The fine must be paid within thirty  days from receipt of the decision.
FUFA further slapped the officer with an automatic six months ban from all football-related activities both nationally and internationally if he again commits any other specified unethical conduct against match officials or club officials or in case he fails to declare proof of payment of the fine.
The Venoms are at the top of the Premier League table with 27 points, five more than Police after 11 games.