Rayon Sports penalty reduced after appeal

Rayon Sports penalty reduced after appeal

Rayon Sports Coach Eymael and Secretary General Olivier Gakwaya {R}

RWANDA Football Federation, Ferwafa has reduced the penalties and fines imposed on Rayon Sports and their officials’ following their bad conduct in their last month’s league match against AS Kigali.

In a communication from Ferwafa’s disciplinary committee, Belgian head coach Luc Eymael’s penalty has been reduced from two years to eight matches for having assaulted the referee with insults and negative remarks and fine of Rwf. 200,000.

The penalty for lead striker Cedric Amissi was never reduced because he didn’t personally make the appeal but it was instead made by the club. He will still serve a six-match ban and fine of Rwf. 50,000.

The club’s Secretary General Olivier Gakwaya who was handed a two-year ban for his role in mobilizing fans, encouraging them to chant ‘Anti-Degaule’ songs aimed at Ferwafa chairman Vincent Degaule Nzamwita, the committee found no tangible proof to punish him but he was hit with a new penalty after he was heard live on a radio station calling on fans to fight the new football administration.

The disciplinary committee handed him an eight-match suspension and a fine worth Rwf. 200,000.

The appeal for Claude Muhawenimana, Rayon sports fan club chairman who was banned for two years and issued with a Rwf. 500,000 is yet to be heard since the latter was under Police detention at the time when the penalties were announcement.

Ferwafa will look into his matter in the coming days since he has been released and declared innocent of all the charges that had initially brought forward to him.

Rayon sports club chairman Theogene Ntamapaka said on Sunday in a news conference that the club is satisfied with the new development and will cater for costs the damaged properties at the stadium which include the vehicle of Fifa assistant referee Ambroise Hakizimana.

Levante stun Atletico to blow title race wide open

Atletico Madrid suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Levante to blow the La Liga title race wide open.

The result leaves Atletico just three points ahead of Barcelona and six clear of Real Madrid. However, Real hold two games in hand over Atleti and can draw level with wins over Valencia and Valladolid.

Atletico struggled to impose themselves on the game in the first half, with Levante taking the lead just seven minutes in. A corner kick was allowed to bounce inside the six yard before deflecting off Filipe Luis and past the scrambling Thibaut Courtois.

David Villa was presented with a golden chance to restore parity after Keylor Navas saved Raul Garcia’s initial shot, but the former Barcelona striker blasted well over the bar.

An estimated 10,000 Atletico fans made the journey to Valencia for the game, but they saw their team fall 2-0 down after 69 minutes, when David Barral finished past Courtois to cap a rapid counter attack.

Atletico pressed hard to find a way back into the game, with Adrian Lopez and Tiago coming close, but Levante held firm to deal a huge blow to the table-toppers’ title hopes.

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