Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The world football governing body FIFA has today confirmed that the FUFA President, Moses Hassim Magogo is suspended for two months for involvement in 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets resale.
FIFA revealed that Magogo had entered into a plea bargain over the issue. A plea bargain is an arrangement between prosecutor and defendant whereby the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence or an agreement to drop other charges.
According to FIFA the suspension became effective upon the validation of the agreement by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber on 10 October 2019.
Last month Magogo announced during the Fufa Assembly in Adjumani that he was steeping aside for two months to give FIFA chance to investigate the matter.
But in a communication released by FIFA on Thursday, Magogo will be suspended for two months without being involved in football matters both locally and internationally. He will also pay a fine of sh37 million (10,000 Swiss Francs).
“In accordance with art. 67 par.1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the parties have mutually agreed on the following sanctions: a fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs and a two-month suspension from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level,” stated the FIFA letter.
“The chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has ratified the plea bargain entered into by Mr Moses Hassim Magogo, President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations and member of the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee, and the chairperson of the investigatory chamber,” added the letter.
Investigation into Magogo’s alleged resale of the World Cup tickets was opened on 23 July 2018. Member of Parliament for Makindye Allan Ssewanyana reported the matter to FIFA in 2017.
Justus Mugisha, the Fufa Vice President is the acting President as Magogo serves his two month suspension.
Today 10th October 2019, FUFA is in receipt of the official letter from FIFA about the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo.
As earlier communicated by the FUFA President at the 95th FUFA General Assembly in Adjumani on 28th September 2019, the FIFA letter (Adj. ref. no. 22/2019) confirms the agreed position of invoking article 67 of the FIFA Ethics Code of application of the Plea Bargain and consequently Eng. Moses Magogo will be out of National and International football activities for a period of 2 months effective 10th October 2019.
Eng. Magogo is also required to pay 10,000 CHF within 30 days from today and this will be the conclusive closure of this matter.
Following similar procedures for 2014 FIFA World Cup as the case was for the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, there was an anomaly with regulations governing FIFA World Cup Tickets and the FUFA President opted to take responsibility in order to conclude the matter.
During the 2 months, the FUFA 1st Vice President Mr. Justus Mugisha will act as the FUFA President.
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