Express FC Captain Michael Birungi has had his ban halved after a recent appeal by the club, this website can confirm.
Birungi was however found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute, but the appeals committee has ruled that the initial decision was harsh.
The player was initially handed a four game ban by the FUFA competitions disciplinary panel (CDP) after incidents in Tooro’s 1-0 win against Express.
The CDP had ruled that the Express captain attacked match officials at the field of play after the end of the game in Buhinga.
The new ruling from the appeals committee, seen by this website, reads:
The committee based on the admission of the player in issue and his remorseful conduct coupled with the fact that he has no known adverse disciplinary record, has reached the verdict to substitute the four (4) match ban with a Two (2) ban with effect from 5th February, 2019, but with a caution that similar actions in future shall receive a maximum punishment.”
The appeals committee led by chairman Hilal Hussein, Margaret Kubingi (Member) and Dirisa Kasalirwe (Member) has asked referees to be more detailed in their reports so as ‘to paint a better picture to guide judicial bodies in making a decision to ensure that discipline in the game of football is upheld’.
Birungi who missed the BUL game and will not play against Nyamityobora will therefore make his much awaited return against Police FC in the Uganda Cup on Monday before facing Maroons in the league.