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That 3rd caution – why Maroons could lose point after draw with Vipers

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Luzira Prisons Club, Maroons FC could lose their hard fought point against Vipers by forfeiture, emerging details alert.

This follows Maroons’ use of  Hannington Ssebwalunyo in today’s StarTimes Uganda Premier League match against Vipers with disciplinary records indicating that before today the goalkeeper had accumulated 3 cautions (yellow cards).

Pictured: Ssebwalunyo in action during today’s draw against Vipers at the Luzira Prisons ground | courtesy photo

A player who accumulates 3 cautions while playing in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League is ruled out of the next match as per the competition rules.

The listing below shows Hannington Ssebwalunyo’s involvement in Maroons FC’s first round of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League which they concluded today against the visitors from Kitende.

30th/Aug – URA (a) DP

3rd/Sept – Kyetume (h) P & picked his 1st caution.

10th/Sept – Tooro utd (a) P

14th/Sept – Brightstars (h) P

1st/Oct – BUL (a) P

5th/Oct – Onduparaka (h) P

9th/Oct – Mbarara City (a) P

12th/Oct – SC Villa (h) P

22nd/Oct – KCCA (h) P

2nd/Nov – Police (h) P

5th/Nov – Express (a) Played & picked a 2nd caution.

12th/Nov – Busoga Utd (a) Didn’t play

16th/Nov – Wakiso Giants (h) P

19th/Nov – Proline (a) Played & picked a 3rd booking automatically ruling him out of today’s match with Vipers.

22nd/Nov – Vipers (h) Played

This implies that Maroons FC has used an ineligible player against Vipers and by the records stand to lose points by forfeiture.

Section 9 of article 29 of the FUFA Competition rules that; A player who accumulates three (3) bookings (cautions) in a league and mixed-format competition shall automatically become an ineligible player for the next one physically played match.

While Maroons were brave enough to field Ssebwalunyo, Vipers rested Siraje Sentamu as precaution, not to become the nemesis to their title credentials.

If Vipers get the points, they get to finish the first round with 36 points as opposed to the current point standings that put the leaders at 34 points recorded after a 1-all draw at the Luzira Prison Grounds.

We await to see the decision that will be taken by the Uganda Premier League as regards the matter.

Edwin Musaazi

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