Plascon Entebbe Mongers players Simon Wakabi and Jackson Waako will each serve a one-year ban from the game of rugby after being found guilty of physically abusing match officials when their club hosted Buzz Black Pirates in a Nile Special Rugby Premiership match last Saturday.
According to the verdict reached by the league committee, the two players took turns in attacking assistant referee Jonathan Kyetume in the last minute of the game played at the ‘House of Pain’ ground in Entebbe.
“It came to our attention that some Plascon Mongers players (Jackson Waako and Simon Wakabi) abused the referee and his assistant physically during the game in the 39th minute of second half,” read part of the submission.
Back to school
The players will now be required to attend the upcoming match official’s Level One officiating course and have a six-match assessment report as part of the penalty.
Waako and Wakabi will also have four law test results with an average score determined by their respective assessors. The pair, however, have a chance to see the decision overturned with a chance of appealing within seven days at a fee of Shs250,000.
The league committee has also agreed to David Kirabira, the chairman of Kampala Association for Rugby Referees (KARR)’ s request of prioritising match officials safety by confirming the presence of Uganda Police at the venue in question.
Mongers must now have a crowd control mechanism at their ground for all games (for the safety of not only match officials but also other teams’ players).
The Entebbe-based team will also not play their next four home fixtures at their own ground.