Rayon’s Muhawenimana escapes Ferwafa ban
THE RWANDA Football Federation, Ferwafa has dropped a two-year ban earlier imposed on Rayon Sports fan club chief Claude Muhawenimana for allegedly inciting violence in a Turbo King League match in April this year.
Initially, Muhawenimana was charged for urging fans to confront security officials during their 1-1 draw against AS Kigali which eventually hindered their chances of retaining the league title. He was hit with a two-year ban from football stadiums and fine worth Rwf. 500,000 as specified in article 53, part 3 of the Ferwafa legal status.
The Ferwafa appeals committee led by Emmanuel Mahame Itamwe found Muhawenimana not guilty of all charges after he appealed before the committee last month.
His appeal come after Ferwafa lessened sanctions for Belgian coach Luc Eymael who has since left the Nyanza-based club and former Secretary General Olivier Gakwaya who has since assumed the Marketing Manager of Rayon Sports.
Gakwaya was hit with a two-year ban from football following his involvement in violence during a league match last season. But his sanctions were lessened to an eight-match ban instead of two years and also fined Rwf200, 000 for his role in mobilising fans, encouraging them to chant anti-Degaule songs aimed at Ferwafa chairman Vincent Degaule Nzamwita.
While Eymael’s sanctions were also reduced to an eight-match ban instead of two years and a fine of Rwf200,000.