FAM suspends Lusungu Mtumbula from refereeing duties

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has suspended northern region based match official Lusungu Mtumbula from refereeing duties after being found guilty of inciting violence.

FAM slapped with a six match ban after being accused of beating up a ball boy during a Carlsberg Cup match involving Super Eagles and Bullets FC at the Mzuzu stadium about a month ago, a development that FAM says angered Bullets fans who went into rampage fighting with S Eagles “ganyu” supporters.

Bullets lost the game 2-1 to bow out of the prestigious Carlsberg Cup trophy.

A statement released by FAM on Wednesday signed by its General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda reveals that the matter which was at first handled by the FAM’s disciplinary committee and later referred to referees sub-committee where it was agreed that Mtumbula be suspended.

Nyirenda: Ref suspended

“The case of Lusungu Mtumbula whose actions started the fracas at Mzuzu Stadium during Super Eagles/Big Bullets Match was referred to the FAM’s Referees Sub Committee as recommended by the Disciplinary Committee,” reads part of the statement.

According to the statement, the following are the sanctions that have been made against Mr. Lusungu Mtumbula:-

1- He has been suspended for 6 months from 18th November 2012 to 18th May 2013 from all football related activities.

2- He is not expected to watch or attend to any game of football or its related activities organised by FAM and /or its Affiliates

3- During the period he will be on suspension, Mr. Mtumbula will not discharge and perform his duties and functions of the office of National Referees Committee vice General Secretary.

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