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Federation punishes three clubs

Federation punishes three clubs

The Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) punished three Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) clubs following the destructive behaviors from fans.  The EFF disciplinary committee has decided to punish Wolita Dicha, Woldia City and Welwalo Adigart University.

According to the EFF’s decision following the second round of EPL match between Wolita Dicha and Hawasa City. Tona’s Hornets were punished to pay a fine amounting to 100,000 birr and ordered to play two home matches outside the town.

The southern club played week 21 in Sebeta stadium last week.  Meanwhile, for the pitch invasion by fans for the decision made on the 88th minute in a match played between Wolidia City and Fasil; the committee has made a decision regarding Wolidia City to pay a fine of 150,000 birr and play three home matches outside the city. Furthermore, it has decided to ban midfielder Biruk Kalbore for a year from football and a punishment of 10,000 birr.

Many Woldia football fans and club management complained over the decision made by the committee weeks ago. The committee decided to ban Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali al- Amoudi Stadium for one year from any competition and a fine of250,000 birr. However, Woldia appealed and the committee reconsidered the penalty.

The third disciplinary punishment went to the northern side, Welwalo Adigrat University. On the second round of EPL tie played between Welwalo and Mekele City, Adigrat fans were found guilty to football hooliganism.  Subsequently, the football governing body decided to fine Welwalo 70,000 birr while Mekele were fined 90,000 birr.

Welwalo Adigrat appealed to EFF following the decision which was made by the committee. However, it was not accepted by the national federation.

Though decisions were passed against several clubs, most have complained and appealed stating the crime does not fit the punishment. Nevertheless, some appeals have been accepted and investigations are underway.