Maroons FC Withdraws ‘Unfair Exclusion' Case Against FUFA

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The consent agreement between the two warring parties was reported to court by Maroons’ lawyer John Isabirye who told court that this was done for the good of Uganda's football.

Maroons football Club has withdrawn a case it filed against local governing football body FUFA to pave way for the kickoff of the new season of the Uganda Premier League. The league had been halted by court until grievances between the two entities were settled.

Maroons and FUFA agreed to a consent judgment after a mediation option by the sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi yielded positive results on Friday last week and that each party was to bear its own costs.

The consent agreement between the two warring parties was reported to court by Maroons’ lawyer John Isabirye who told court that this was done for the good of Uganda's football.

Among the conditions in the consent agreement that the two warring parties agreed upon was for Maroons to immediately register and play in the FUFA Big League season 2014/15.

The other conditions agreed upon by the two parties were for FUFA to waive all registration fees necessary for Maroons to register for the Big League season of 2014/15 and to immediately include Maroons onto the fixture for 2014/15 Big League season.

FUFA would also offer one person nominated by Maroons to be trained in a FIFA administration course in November 2014, make and design the club statutes for the Maroons, and Maroons to have all sponsorship entitlements from Uganda Super League arising out of the sponsorship agreement with Super Sport for the contract period inclusive of all arrears.

Evans Ochieng, the FUFA lawyer confirmed the same position in court.

He explained that FUFA president Moses Magogo was returning into the country today from Ghana to sign the consent agreement before it can be filed before court.

The matter arose a fortnight ago after Maroons FC petitioned the High Court in Kampala challenging what they referred to as ‘unfair exclusion’ from playing in top football tier of the Uganda Premier League. Maroons had sued Uganda Super League, FUFA and its president Magogo.

Maroons argued that following the creation of two parallel football leagues, Uganda Super League and the FUFA Super League in 202/13 football season, it was agreed in writing that the team would participate in this new football season. But FUFA started talks to merge the two parallel leagues to form the Uganda Premier League, an arrangement which excluded Maroon.

To that effect, the registrar of the court Charles Emuria issued an interim injunction blocking the kickoff of the Uganda Premier League that had been scheduled to start on September 2nd until Maroons’ disputes were resolved.

But when it  came up before Justice Stephen Musota for its maiden hearing last week, he advised the two warring parties to settle the dispute out of court saying  the world governing football body FIFA bars club football disputes to be settled before ordinary courts of law.

Consequently, the judge advised the two parties to explore the option of out of court settlement which led to today’s consent agreement to withdraw the case.