Milutin Sredojevic found guilty of sexual assault

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Former Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic was on Tuesday found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and handed a suspended jail term in the Gqeberha Regional Court.

The current Uganda national team coach was sentenced to three years imprisonment, which are suspended for five years.

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The 52-year-old's legal team has also been granted leave to appeal the decision.

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The Serbian had appeared back in December 2020 at the New Brighton Magistrates Court on charges of sexual assault.

In a statement, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that a woman was allegedly assaulted on Monday, 7 December in Port Elizabeth during the Cosafa Games where Sredojevic was in charge of the Ugandan national team.

"A 39-year-old woman was delivering coffee at the Wolfson Stadium when she asked Sredojevic if he would need sugar with his coffee," it read. "He allegedly said no and disclosed that he needed another type of sugar while pointing at her private parts. It is alleged that the lady complained to her boss, who in turn warned Sredojevic not to do it again.

"Later on that day, the lady went to deliver coffee again at the same stadium and this time Sredojevic allegedly touched her buttocks."

Sredojevic served as Orlando Pirates head coach over a two-year period from 3 August 2017 to 16 August 2019.

The Serbian had a record of 38 wins, 26 draws and 16 defeats in 80 matches for a win percentage of 47%.

The Serb failed to win a trophy during his time at the Buccaneers with the closest he came to lifting a trophy a penalty shootout defeat to Baroka FC in the 2018 Telkom Knockout final.

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