By Wycliff G; President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Eng. Moses Magogo Hassim has today, 10th December 2019 finally killed-off his two-month suspension by FIFA.
Magogo was suspended in October for two months over his involvement in the resale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets in Brazil.
This meant that Magogo was not supposed to get involved in any football matters both locally and internationally and was also required to pay a fine of Shs. 37 million (10,000 Swiss Francs).
FIFA’s reason for Magogo’s light punishment was that he had entered into a plea bargain and admitted to the crime earlier.
The investigation into Magogo’s resale of the World Cup tickets was opened on 23 July 2018 after Makindye West Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana reported the matter to FIFA in 2017.
Prices for World Cup tickets in Brazil for overseas fans ranged between $90 (about Shs 332,550) for the group games while the opening game cost $220 (about Shs 812,900). The final match cost between $440 (Shs 1.6m) and $990 (Shs 3.6m).
Every national football federation gets an allotment of tickets, based on the number of registered participants (i.e. players, referees, coaches) it has reported to FIFA as well as its annual federation membership fees.
At least 177 tickets were allotted to FUFA but most were resold to football fans in Florida, USA.
Mr. Justus Mugisha, the FUFA Vice President, immediately took over Magogo’s footsteps and has seen most FUFA Calendar activities succeed in the two months Magogo has been absent.
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