Rayon Sports officials slapped with heavy penalties
*Belgian coach banned for two years and a fine of Rwf. 200,000
*Burundian striker Cedric Amissi banned for six months and a fine of Rwf. 50,000
*Olivier Gakwaya banned for two years and a fine of Rwf. 500,000
*Claude Muhawenimana banned for two years and fine of Rwf. 500,000
RWANDA Football Federation, Ferwafa has hit Rayon Sports with hard-hitting punishments following their violent conduct last week at Amahoro stadium after their 1-all draw against AS Kigali.
After reviewing the footage of the whole incident and hearing reports from match referee, match commissioner, security commissioner and all parties involved in the incident, Ferwafa disciplinary committee led by President Joseph Kajangwe took tough disciplinary decisions which were presented to the media yesterday by Ferwafa vice president Veduste Kayiranga.
Among the penalties, Rayon Sports will play their final round of the Turbo King Football league match against Musanze without any fan following their role in the violent behavior according to article 36 of the disciplinary code of the statue which governs Ferwafa.
The management of Rayon Sports Football Club will also pay for the damages caused by their fans after they vandalized property at Amahoro stadium, damaging the vehicle of third Fifa assistant referee Ambroise Hakizimana as specified in article 21, part four.
Lead striker Cedric Amissi who beat the match referee Gervais Munyanziza has been suspended for six months and issued a fine of Rwf. 50,000 according to article 52 of the disciplinary code.
Head coach Belgian Luc Eymael who caused the violence by attacking the match referee which ignited the aggression has been banned from football stadiums in Rwanda for a period of two years and fine worth Rwf. 200,000 according to article 52, part a and b.
Rayon Sports Secretary General Olivier Gakwaya who is reportedly to have mobilized fans and encouraged them to sing ‘anti-Degaule’ chants aimed at Ferwafa chairman Vincent Degaule Nzamwita has been banned from football stadiums for two years and a fine worth Rwf. 500,000 according to article 53, part 3.
Rayon Sports fan club chairman Claude Muhawenimana who urged his fans to confront security officials has also been hit with a two-year ban from football stadiums and fine worth Rwf. 500,000 as specified in article 53, part 3.
Fans including Denis Gacinya, Vital Habarugira, Shaffi Mudaheranwa and Eric Nsabimana were found innocent as they didn’t appear anywhere in the reports of different match officials submitted to the disciplinary committee.
The banned officials have until Sunday to appeal against the decisions taken by the disciplinary committee.