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FIFA slaps hefty fine on Cranes defender Murushid Juuko

It is understood that FIFA foots medical bills to clubs for players injured on international duty

Danito NSUBUGA 

Uganda Cranes and Express FC defender Murushid Juuko will have to part with close to 5,000 Swiss Francs approx 20,00,000/= (19,550,987/= to be exact) in fines following a red card he got in Uganda’s World cup qualifier match against Mali at St. Mary’s Kitende.

Juuko received marching orders after he was found guilty of elbowing Mali’s Ibrahima Kone in the 62nd minute of the encounter.

According to the letter signed by FIFA Director of Judicial Bodies Carlos Schneider, Juuko will, on top of missing two matches which he has already served, pay the aforementioned amounts in fines to FIFA as further punishment.

The player JUUKO Murushid is suspended for two (2) matches, including the automatic match suspension which has been served during the match Rwanda v. Uganda played on 7 October 2021. The remaining suspension will be served during the next official match of the representative team of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations in the
scope of the Preliminary Competition for the 2022 FWC African Zone (i.e. Uganda v. Rwanda to be played on 10 October 2021).

2. The player JUUKO Murushid is ordered to pay a fine of CHF 5,000.

3. The fine is to be paid within 30 days of notification of the present decision.

Juuko risks a further ban from FIFA should he fail to oblige to the demands.

Previously, it was the responsibility of the federations to foot these fines but these complained because they were forced to pay for sins they hadn’t committed.

FIFA then resolved that players who are found in contravention of these rules by exhibiting improper conduct while on the field of play, will have to dig deep in their pockets and pay for the fines.

Uganda are in group E of the world cup qualifiers and are second with 8 points behind Mali.

Rwanda and Kenya are practically out of contention for a place in the playoffs.

The Cranes will host Kenya in October and later visit Mali in Agadir to determine the winner of group E.

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