Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has meted out a stiff punishment on Silver Strikers FC and three of its players following the violence that erupted at Silver Stadium on February 9, 2012 during a TNM Super League match involving the Bankers and Epac FC.
During the match, which ended 1-1 some Silver Strikers fans invaded the pitch with other pelting plastic bottles into the pitch as well as at visiting teams supporters of EPAC. Several people were injured in the violence and a supporter from each side was arrested.
Following the incidence, Sulom convened a disciplinary hearing on Monday, February 11, 2012 at Lilongwe Hotel where the disciplinary Committee found the league leaders guilty of misconduct.
“Silver Strikers supporters invaded the pitch through their supporters Nowa Rojasi and Dan Mhango.The committee orders that both should not take part in any football related activity for a period of six months with immediate effect and fine of MK150,000.00 per supporter who invaded the pitch,” reads the verdict.
Sulom said the improper conduct displayed by Silver supporters brought the game of football, SULOM and its sponsor TNM Ltd into disrepute.
“Silver Strikers FC Supporters behaved in a manner that breached public peace and therefore liable to a fine of MK250, 000.00. In addition the club is barred from using Silver Stadium for six official
games with immediate effect,” reads the determination.
In its mitigation, Silver Strikers FC distanced itself from the improper conduct of it executive members as well as supporters who invaded the pitch and pleaded for leniency on adequate security considering that no pre match meeting was conducted while Epac condemned the conduct portrayed by its supporters of revenging to the throwing of stones.
But the report also condemned Silver Strikers FC for failing to control the improper conduct of its Executive Member and supporters that can lead to loss of sponsorships.
The body has banned Denis Kachikho from taking part in any football related activity for a year.
Sulom also issued a K150,000 fine to EPAC FC for failing to control the conduct of its supporters and the club;s official Willex Dini, has been ordered to stay away from the technical bench for six months.
The committee also recommend to Malawi Police Service to monitor the suspended sentences of Nowa Rojasi, Dan Mhango and Denis Kachikho whenever there are games.
Sulom also orders crowd controllers and police to arrest at least one or more perpetrator of violence considering that the law now provides for prosecution of violence perpetrators in the penal code.
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