32 Arsenal, Liverpool Fans In Katanga Arrested For Violating Presidential Directives While Watching a premier league match on television.
Kampala Metropolitan Police has said they arrested the said offenders last night in Katanga for violating “Presidential directives of Health guidelines of social distancing & curfew”.
The football fans are alleged to have stormed a video hall commonly known as a’kibanda’ to catch the mouth-watering clash between two premier league giants Arsenal and Liverpool football clubs. Liverpool was already declared champions of the 2019/20 season with 7 games to spare after the resumption of the league some time back.
On the otherwise Arsenal currently in mid-table are struggling for Europa league places. Nd although there is a very big gap between the two, a clash between the sides is still highly billed and followed in Uganda because of the big fan bases here..
So, a face-off is always tempting even in these difficult times of Covid-19 when crowds and public gatherings have been suspended indefinitely. The fans therefore could not resist the temptation.
“Last night we arrested 32 suspects for violating Presidential directives & Ministry of Health guidelines of social distancing & curfew. The 32 suspects were arrested while watching premier league match that is Arsenal vs Liverpool at Katanga in Wandegeya, Kampala. They have been charged with disobedience of lawful orders and doing acts likely to spread infectious disease which is corona virus. They are detained at Wandegeya Police Station”. Police said in a statement.
However, this drew a backlash from the public who thinks the police were equally wrong and even violated the guideline ‘even more’ by bundling the suspects all together in a pile without any trace of social distancing.
The arrested suspects are seen in a photo posted by the police themselves on social media, squatting shirtless and without masks in very close proximity to one another.