One of Rwanda’s top football teams, Mukura Victory Sports, above, were recently involved in an incident at a match in which they, and rivals Rayon Sport, accused each other of using witchcraft.
The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), acted swiftly, according to this report.
At an extra-ordinary meeting FERWAFA’s executive committee and all first division club presidents ruled that any coach found guilty of using Witchcraft will be banned for four matches and fined Rwf200,000 (£200).
Player found guilty of using witchcraft will receive a three-match suspension on top of a fine of Rwf100,000 (£100) and teams engaging in witchcraft will lose three points and pay a fine of Rwf500,000 (£500.)
The new measures were announced early this week in the wake of last Friday’s incident during the league match between Mukura Victory Sports and Rayon Sport at Huye stadium which saw players on both sides clash over alleged use of witchcraft.
According to FERWAFA Vice President Vedaste Kayiranga, all present unanimously agreed that the perception of believing in witchcraft is a big threat not only to football development but also to the image of the country.
Since there is no scientific way to prove the use of witchcraft, these measures will be based upon reports from match officials and anything that is deemed to incite witchcraft will be put under consideration.
Hat tip: Trevor Blake