Bullets face stiff penalties over Lilongwe violence

Bullets FC face stiff penalties from Sulom League of Malawi (Sulom) for causing violence at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe after the team lost 1-0 to Epac United through a controversial penalty.

Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda said Bullets face a stiff penalty for contravening the rules of Malawi’s flagship Super League governing body by pelting objects into the field forcing Police to fire tear gas.

Banda said the body was waiting for reports from referees, clubs, match assessors, the two teams, Sulom officials and independent observers before deciding what course of action to take.

William Banda: Expect punishment

William Banda: Expect punishment

“To begin with whatever happened at Civo Stadium when supporters stoned was an offence because it put the game of football, Sulom and that of sponsors into disrepute,” Banda said.

“Those involved would be severely punished and the penalties are there but I can’t say it right now because it would pre-emptying our course of action.”

But according to rules governing the league Bullets face up to K450,000 for failing to control the supporters another K450,000 for putting the game and that of sponsors into disrepute among other penalties.

The incident comes after TNM defending champions Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers were severely punished for violence in last season’s final league games which cost the Nomads fan his life at Balaka Stadium.

Silver were also fined K450,000 this season after featuring Green Harawa while suspended for accumulating two yellow cards.

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