Local soccer governing body FUFA has pardoned controversial referee Robert Donney.
By Shafik Ssenoga
KAMPALA - Local soccer governing body FUFA has pardoned controversial referee Robert Donney, just in time for the 2015/2016 Azam Premier League season.
Donney is among the four referees that had reportedly been suspended for mishandling the aborted Uganda Cup final between KCCA FC and SC Villa at Kyamate Grounds in Ntungamo on June 6.
He has been given four months while his assistants Musa Balikowa, Robert Bakwali and the fourth official Brian Nsubuga were surprisingly given two months each.
Interestingly, the suspensions were said to have started on July 1 when the main league was still off season, raising concerns on the impact of the suspensions.
But Tuesday, FUFA Spokesperson Ahmed Hussein told New Vision that although the referees had been punished, there was room to appeal.
“The referees were forgiven for what they did in Ntungamo since they petitioned to the Appeal’s committee and they were set free,” Hussein stated.
However FUFA referees standing committee chairman Sam Mpiima contradicted Hussein’s position.
“As far as I am concerned, these referees are still on suspension,” he stated.
Donney is among the 124 referees FUFA has listed to undergo medical and physical fitness tests ahead of the season.
FUFA ‘pardons’ controversial ref Donney