UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE: Fufa Referees Disciplinary Panel has banned referee Juma Osire for one month for sanctioning Derrick Ochan’s red card during the Police FC Premier League match against Vipers SC.
The goalkeeper was sent off after the official judged he had handled the ball outside his area, a decision that was later overturned by the Premier League secretariat.
Osire, who was George Olemu’s assistant during the February 19 encounter at St Mary’s Stadium, flagged down Ochan’s move which consequently led to the red card and he has now been banned for one month.
Osire is the official responsible for Derrick Ochan’s wrongfully awarded red card that culminated into Police’s loss to Vipers SC at Kitende.
“Disciplinary proceedings were opened against assistant referee Mr [Juma] Osire for making a clear refereeing mistake during the Vipers SC vs Police FC match played on 19th February 2021 at St Mary’s Kitende Stadium,” Fufa’s statement read on Thursday.
“He was poorly positioned at the time of the incident hence wrongly issuing a red card to Uganda Police player Ochan Derrick/shirt no.19.
“The Fufa Referees Disciplinary Panel (FRDP) considered Osire’s defence and made the findings; Osire is a referee and is therefore bound by the rules that govern referees at Fufa and the panel found that the referee made a wrong call by issuing the red card.
“In the present case, the Fufa referees disciplinary panel sanctioned Osire with a one month ban from all football-related activities effective immediately as of 3rd March 2021.”
Ochan’s red card led to a furious reaction from Police chair Asan Kasingye who has been fined by the federation too.
Osire will therefore not be part of the officials that will oversee matchday 12 action that will start on Friday.