Malawi referee banned 9 months  for incompetence

Referee Roy Williams has been banned for nine months after being found guilty of gross incompetence during the game between Bullets and Epac in Lilongwe two weeks ago in Malawi’s flagship TNM Super League.

Bullets were defeated 1-0 to lose their unbeaten record for the season.

Williams’ decision to award Epac a controversial penalty in the 59th minute caused the People’s Team fans to run on rampage after the game.

National Referees Committee Chairperson Patrick Kapanga said a disciplinary committee headed by Football Association of Malawi  (FAM) executive committee member James Mwenda on Wednesday found him guilty of incompetence.

“After gathering information from the referee’s, teams, match assessors and independent observers it was established that the referee did not handle the game properly,” Kapanga said.

“So we have suspended him from handling any game for a period of nine months.”

He said the referees governing body took time to come up with a determination after Super League of Malawi referred the issue to them because they were cross examining facts and evidence.

“We didn’t want to rush to come up with the verdict because that would have created problem,” he said.

Sulom also found the referee guilty but referred the issue to the national referees body to determine the punishment.

Sulom fined Bullets a total of K1,250,000, for disrupting action and supporters pitch invasion.

Three of their Bullets supporters Isaac Jomo Osman was banned for one year, Alex Mwale and Robert Nyasulu  wre handed two-years bans each not to watch any league or cup games.

Bullets would also meet the cost of repairing Epac team bus.

Epac were also not spared after Sulom handed a K350,000 fine for failing to control their supporters after the game.

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