Thursday September 22 2011

Hooligan fans face jail time

SC Villa fans and coaches in a brawl against URA in one of last season’s Super League games at Namboole.

SC Villa fans and coaches in a brawl against URA in one of last season’s Super League games at Namboole. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO 

By ANDREW BAGAALA & ISMAIL DHAKABA KIGONGO

Police have commissioned an inquiry into the violence that was witnessed on Tuesday after Masaka defeated visiting SC Villa 1-0 in the Bell Super League.

In a refreshing twist to curb violence which characterised so many games involving Villa last season, two supporters, who are now being hunted, have been identified by both the police and Uganda Super League (USL) officials. Deputy Police spokesman, Mr Vincent Ssekate, said the two, Sam Nsubuga and one Kizito, are wanted to help police investigate offences of grievous harm, assault causing actual bodily harm and malicious injury to property.

“We have opened a General Enquiry File 48/2011 in Masaka to investigate the violence in Masaka. The two ringleaders have been identified, and have to appear with immediate effect,” Mr Ssekate said yesterday at Central Police Station in Kampala.

The charges attract sentences from one year to seven years on conviction. According to the police report, SC villa fans injured the assistant referee Solomon Lusambya, club officials and damaged several cars including the broadcasting van.

The investigation, he said, is the beginning of the police campaign to deal with “violence and hooliganism in football matches”. Unlike in the previous cases were Riot Police disperses all the fans by use of teargas and rubber bullets, now the police will deal with specific individuals involved in the violence.

Villa board chairman Fred Muwema is willing to offer the authorities all the support he can. “As a club, we are duty-bound to co-operate. We are required by USL to submit information about the culprits which we will do,” Muwema said.

TOMORROW’S FIXTURES
KCCvs. Water (4pm, LIVE SS9)
SC Villa vs. Police (7pm, LIVE SS9)
Simba vs. Masaka (4.30pm, Bombo)
Utoda vs.Maroons (4.30pm, Waku’ku

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