Following Sunday’s crushing victory over Manchester United, the police in Uganda detained at least 20 Arsenal fans for participating in a trophy parade on the street.
Eddie Nketiah’s winning goal in the 90th minute helped Arsenal FC defeat Manchester United 3-2 and solidifies their title credentials.
With a game still to play, and exactly halfway through the season, the victory puts Mikel Arteta’s team five points ahead.
According to Baker Kasule, a police patrol car drew up in front of them and ordered everyone to disembark and board the vehicle, which was headed for the Jinja Police Station.
“I don’t know what we have done but we were simply celebrating our victory over rivals Manchester United,” Mr. Kasule said.
He then added that “they are 20 supporters in total, all from Jinja City.”
The police claimed the crowd lacked a permit to hold the march, which was a public order offence, as reported by BBC, which also noted that the supporters were carrying a symbolic trophy and wearing the club’s red jersey.
“Arsenal fans were travelling in a convoy of five vehicles on Monday morning when they were intercepted by police. One of them was carrying a trophy they had bought at a local store.”
“I don’t know what we have done but we were simply celebrating our victory over rivals Manchester United,” Arsenal fan, Baker Kasule, was quoted as saying by the local Daily Monitor news site.”
James Mubi, the regional police boss and a self-declared Arsenal fan, told the BBC he had not reviewed the fans’ charges but wondered why they were celebrating when only half of the matches in the season had been played.