USL Hails Villa Move On Hooliganism
The Uganda Super League has welcomed SC Villa’s latest stance on hooliganism after the club apprehended its own fans.
Police on Thursday evening arrested two of the club’s radical fans as they attempted to interfere with the side’s friendly with lower tier Bombo United at Villa Park. Villa won that game 8-0 as they prepare for Saturday’s Bell Super League clash with KCC.
SC Villa have consequently indefinitely banned the arrested fans from participating in any club activities including attending training and football matches involving the Jogoos.
“SC Villa confirms yesterday’s arrests of Meddie Ssembajja aka Katanyonta Samson Mubiru aka Miracle - ring leaders of a small errant fans that continues to perpetuate crowd violence,” read a statement from the club dated May 4, 2012.
That stance from the Villa Park camp has prompted strong backing from the USL chairman, Kavuma Kabenge.
“We strongly back our member's (SC Villa) position and direction as we look to fight a virus that held back and damaged the image of Ugandan football,” said Kabenge.
The club statement signed by club chairman Fred Muwema added: “We are working closely with the Police to identify and arrest the rest of the errant group whose main aim is to sow seeds of anarchy and disorder.”
The arrested suspects are being held at Kabalagala Police Station pending further investigations. Criminal charges have been leveled against them.
SC Villa have lately witnessed crowd violence, allegedly sparked by their own fans, who were adjudged to have pelted stones at players and officials during a Uganda Cup game against URA in Lugazi last month.
It has not been helped the Jogoos’ poor run of form that has seen their three-match winning streak in March breaking into April diminish and a two-match losing sequence to Proline and Simba come in.
This has seen fans hold placards at matches calling for club coach Mike Mutebi and head of football strategy Joseph Kanaaba to quit.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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