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Rugby player slapped 10 months ban for assaulting New Vision journalist

A one Gabriel Aredo, a local rugby player attached to Warriors, has been slapped a 10 months suspension over assaulting a New Vision journalist at a rugby match.

Gabriel-Aredo

Following outrage from Uganda Sports Press Association, the Uganda Rugby Union commenced investigations into the ugly incident that occurred September 25 in Jinja at the Kyabazinga Sevens, a part of national rugby sevens circuit held at Kyabazinga stadium.

Aredo was captured on camera attacking Johnson Were, a New Vision journalist who was reportedly taking photos of his brother who has been involved in a touchline brawl. To block the photographer from taking photos of the incident, Aredo attacked the journalist dragging him to the ground.

In the aftermath of the incident, USPA released a statement urging sports journalists to shun covering all rugby activities, reportedly for their safety. Were also doubles as one of the top officials of USPA and a veteran sports journalist.

We strongly condemn this attack on our colleague and senior executive member and we call upon Uganda Rugby Union to bring the culprit to book and hold everyone involved accountable.”

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“In the meantime, we advise our members to stay away from rugby games until this matter is resolved to its logical conclusion. This is for their safety and it takes immediate effect”, USPA stated.

In a statement released by Uganda Rugby Union, Aredo will only be eligible for rugby related activities July, 2023 after serving a 10-month suspension.

“The Disciplinary Committee of the Uganda Rugby Union was convened on 28th September 2022 and all parties were invited to provide their independent accounts of the incident. The Disciplinary Committee reviewed the merits in the statement and interaction during the session and provided their recommendation to the Executive Committee of Uganda Rugby Union”, part of statement reads.

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