Eight Arsenal fans have been detained in the Ugandan city of Jinja after celebrating the club’s win against Manchester United.
After celebrating the team’s victory against Manchester United in the English Premier League, at least eight Arsenal supporters were detained in Jinja, Uganda.
The supporters carried a symbolic trophy while donning the club’s red shirt. According to the police, the march was held without a permit, which is a violation of public order. Sunday’s game against a strong rival ended with a stunning last-second goal from Arsenal, giving them a 3-2 victory.
As a result, the Gunners now have a five-point lead over the rivals, giving supporters all around the world hope that the club might finally end its 19-year wait to win the English Premier League.
On Monday morning, the Arsenal supporters were traveling in a convoy of five vehicles when they were stopped by law enforcement. One of them was carrying a trophy that they’d purchased from a nearby shop. The Public Order Management Act, according to rights organizations, has provided police discretionary powers that have been utilized to repress citizens’ rights.
The area police chief and self-professed Arsenal supporter James Mubi said he had not looked into the allegations against the supporters but questioned why they were celebrating when just half of the season’s games had been played.
“What would happen if a fight between opposing fans started? They failed to contact the police to request security for their procession “Mr. Mubi stated, rejecting the idea that the arrest was connected to the regular arrests of red-clad opposition party members.