Former AFC Leopards midfielder Allan Kateregga has been given a four-month suspended ban from Uganda national team after a disciplinary incident during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) on Wednesday delivered the verdict after indicting dreadlocked midfielder for unsporting conduct during the pan African football tournament.
The 25-year-old allegedly hurled insults and used offensive words at former fitness coach Gerome D'Antonio after the pair clashed during a training session in Egypt.
Kateregga had admitted the charges and asked FUFA to pardon him.
FUFA Disciplinary Committee's decision on the misconduct of Allan Katerega:— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) March 4, 2020
Allan Katerega is CAUTIONED for his actions as these actions cannot be tolerated in the game of football. pic.twitter.com/CtBmjoDd1O
"The disciplinary proceedings of improper conduct relating to the use of abusive and threatening words were opened against Allan Katerega (player)," a statement from Fufa read.
"It was alleged Allan Katerega improperly conducted himself on 26th June 2019 during the Uganda Cranes training session in Cairo, Egypt when he hurled insults, used threatening, abusive and discriminatory words and statements towards the Uganda Cranes fitness coach Gerome D’antonio.
"Katerega responded to the proceedings and stated that he had apologized to the fitness coach Gerome D’antonio and further apologized for his behaviour.
The Disciplinary Committee found the Uganda Cranes player Allan Katerega’s conduct (use of threatening and abusive words) on 26th June 2019 breached the Fufa Disciplinary Code Article 85 (improper Conduct), Article 82 and 83. Equally, in accordance with Article 84 of the Code Misconduct is punishable regardless of whether they have been committed unintentionally or negligently."
Kateregga might not be in coach Jonathan Mckinstry's plans for the upcoming 2021 AFCON qualifiers against South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Malawi and any other friendly match Cranes might land between now and August.
He is currently at Iraqi side Erbil after running out his contract at South Africa Premier League side Ajax Cape Town. He has previously played for Leopards, Tusker and Nakuru All-Stars in Kenya as well as KCCA and BUL in Uganda.