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FUFA bans fans in stadiums

KCCA fans celebrate victory on Saturday. File Photo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA has directed clubs not to admit fans to the stadiums until further notice.

According to FUFA’s Deputy CEO in charge of Football, Decolus Kiiza, the directive follows the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

“As you are all aware according to statistics from the Ministry of Health, there is an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as death in Uganda. Therefore, to ensure the health and safety of players, technical staff, and all stakeholders, all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice”.

The ban comes at a time when there are three competitions which include the Star Times Uganda Premier League, Stanbic Uganda Cup and FUFA big league.

In 2020, the Star-Times Uganda Premier league season was ended prematurely after the outbreak of COVID-19.

When football and other local sports got the nod to resume at the end of last year, FUFA directed the games to be played behind closed doors, however after a few games, FUFA also revisited its decision and allowed only 200 fans in the stadiums on condition they adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Other guidelines included the appointment of a club medical liaison officer, club hygiene implementation officer, submitting a list of season ticket holders to FUFA with their full bio-data to facilitate tracing when the need arises among others.

In March, FUFA banned KCCA FA, Busoga FC, Kyetume FC and Onduparaka FC for violating Article 10 of the Fufa Covid-19 regulations after they allowed their fans to enter stadiums without wearing masks.

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