Silver, Nomads get heavy fines: Replay in closed doors

Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers have been handed with heavy fines and penalties following the abandonment of their TNM Super League match at Balaka Stadium last Saturday.

The match was abandoned following violence that led to a Wanderers supporter Limius Josta to be killed after a stampede.

Verdict

A statement released by Super League of Malawi (Sulom) released on Wednesday, New Year’s Day  said    disciplinary hearing that was held on 31st December, 2013 chaired by Christopher Chibwana made several findings.

Sulom said Silver  were found  being  guilty of inciting violence which led to the abandonment of the match and are  fined MK2,500,000.00.

William Banda: Sulom verdict handed

William Banda: Sulom verdict handed

The verdict signed by Sulom general secretary Williams Banda also states that  was coercion; brawl and offensive behaviour brought the game of football into disrepute.

Sulom said both Wanderers and Silver are guilty of “failure to control the actions of their supporters” thereby bringing the game of football into disrepute and both teams are finedMK450, 000.00 each.

Adding on the fines, Silver is suspended from all football activities in a bid to restore public order for   eight months   while Mighty Wanderers has been suspended from all football activities for five months  as they are habitual violence perpetrators from the last game of the current season of 2013.

Replay

The Nomads were also guilty for failing to provide adequate security to visiting team as well as the spectators   and fined a further MK250,000.00

In its determination, Sulom ordered the match to be replayed “in closed doors and that all security costs should be share by the two teams not later than 4th January, 2014.”

The commit further note that both teams are habitual offenders and consequently warm and recommend to SULOM that any offence may lead to expulsion.

Prosecution

Sulom recommended that their supporters Austin Phiri and Bruno Makina should be prosecuted through courts.

The two appeared before the magistrate court in Balaka on Monday where they were denied bail and have  have since been charged with proposing violence

Lawyer Chrispin Sibande, who is representing the two suspects, said the second grade magistrate stated that he denied them bail to give chance to the prosecution to finalise investigations.

The court has since said it will make a determination on the bail application on January 6 2014

Makina, 21, hails from Njolomole Village in Ntcheu while Phiri, 21, comes from Sitola Village in T/A Sitola in Machinga.

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