RWANDA Football Federation has handed Rayon Sports unprecedented punishments following their violent conduct during last week’s league match against AS Kigali at Amahoro stadium.
After reviewing the footage of the ugly incident and the match referee report as well as the security commissioner, Ferwafa’s disciplinary committee, led by Joseph Kajangwe, handed out punishments ranging from six months to two-year bans on top of fines of between Rwf50,000 and Rwf500, 000.
The tough punishments were announced to the media on Friday at the federation’s headquarters by Ferwafa vice president Veduste Kayiranga.
Among the penalties, Rayon Sports will play their last league match against Musanze behind closed doors, while their Belgian head coach Luc Eymael, who has shown interest in becoming the next Amavubi coach, has been banned for two years and handed a fine of Rwf0.5 million.
The club will also pay for the damages caused by their fans after they vandalized property at Amahoro stadium, damaging the vehicle of second assistant referee Ambroise Hakizimana.
Lead striker Cedric Amissi, who attacked match referee Gervais Munyanziza, has been suspended for six months and fined Rwf50,000.
Rayon Sports Secretary General Olivier Gakwaya, who is reported to have mobilized fans and encouraged them to sing ‘anti-Degaule’ chants aimed at Ferwafa chairman Vincent Nzamwita, has been banned from stadiums for two years and handed a fine of Rwf500,000.
While the head of Rayon Sports fans’ club Claude Muhawenimana, has also been hit with a two-year ban from football stadiums and fined Rwf500,000.
However, four Rayon fans including; Denis Gacinya, Vital Habarugira, Shaffi Mudaheranwa and Eric Nsabimana were found innocent as they didn’t appear anywhere in the reports of different match officials submitted to the disciplinary committee.
The banned officials have until tomorrow, Sunday, April 27 to appeal against the decisions. It is the first time such tough measures have been taken against any official in Rwandan football.