Silver, Nomads punishment reduced, game to be replayed

The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has reduced punishments to Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers according to a verdict on the appeals filed by two clubs against the decision by the league’s disciplinary committee on the football violence that occurred in Balaka recently.

The two team’s TNM Super League match, which was aborted on December 28 2013 at Balaka Stadium due to violence which killed Lemiyasi Josita, will now has to be replayed by January 26 2014 at an empty Zomba Community Centre.

Sulom Disciplinary Committee banned Silver and Wanderers for eight and five months respectively from all football activities.

William Banda: Sulom verdict out

William Banda: Sulom verdict out

The Bankers were also slapped with a K2.95 million (about $7 375) fine while the Nomads were fined K700 000 (about $1 750).

However, both clubs appealed against the committee’s initial verdict.

In the appeal determination which was released on Tuesday, Sulom has reduced the punishments with Wanderers to forfeit four games points while Silver Strikers will forfeit six games points.

The Appeals Committee has also enhanced the penalty for inciting violence to Silver and their  financial fine has gone up to K5.2 million (10 000 swiss francs) from K2.95 million fine while the Nomads fined remained at K700 000 (or about $1 750).

The Appeals Committee also  upholds the fine of MK 450,000.00 each on both Silver Strikers FC and  Mighty Wanderers FC for failing to control the improper conduct of their unruly supporters;

” Mighty Wanderers FC are guilty of failure to provide adequate security to the visiting team as well as spectators contrary to Rule 12(a) of the SULOM Rules and Regulations and are hereby fined MK250,000.00 considering that there was security, but it was inadequate with shortfall of 19,” reads the verdict.

The Committee decided that Mighty Wanderers FC shall forfeit their next four (4) competitive matches and Silver Strikers FC shall forfeit their next six (6) competitive matches after the replay game.

Sulom emphasized that this reduction of punishment has been arrived at considering the plight of the players whose livelihood is solely football, do not have neither productive activities nor employment contract with the respective clubs and have dependants.

In strongest terms, Sulom warns that In the event that either club is found guilty of further acts of violence within the next eight (8) months, they should be automatically suspended from the League;

Game Replayed

The Committee upholds the decision to have the game replayed in an empty stadium in Zomba with security costs and officiating crews costs shared between Mighty Wanderers FC and Silver Strikers FC not later than 26th January, 2014.

“Any party failing to honour the set decisions shall be suspended from all football activities for any period not less than 14 months,” it concludes.

Sulom general secretary Williams Banda confirmed about the verdict.

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