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StarTimes UPL: Derrick Ochan’s red card rescinded

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Police FC’s goalkeeper, Derrick Ochan’s red card against Vipers SC has been rescinded by the Uganda Premier League.

Ochan was sent off while Police FC was leading 2-1 against Vipers at the St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, a game that ended in a 3-2 loss for Police FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League last week on Friday.

Ochan was sent off for what match officials George Olemu and his second assistant Juma Osire interpreted as handling the ball from outside his area, an act that was deemed to have denied the attacking side a goal-scoring opportunity.

The decision did not go well at all following incidents that got Police FC Chairman involved in acts that indeed put the game into disrepute – calling players to abandon the game before taking to Twitter to express his anger.

“They must. It has even taken them ages to do so. That team must be banned for life. This is mockery of our time, money and effort in football. #StopCorruptionInFootballUg,” AIGP Asan Kasingye tweeted.

However, following a review by the FUFA Referee Disciplinary Panel on an appeal against Ochan’s red card, the goalkeeper’s suspension has been rescinded and lifted with immediate effect due to what the panel deems as a wrong call by the second assistant Juma Osire.

The goalkeeper is with immediate effect eligible to feature for former Vipers and KCCA FC manager Abdullah Mubiru’s matchday squad for the SUPL game against Onduparaka on Wednesday evening.


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