The Super League Association of Malawi ( SULOM) has handed Kamuzu Barracks midfielder Ben Hojan with a two game suspension and a fine of K50,000 for kicking a ball boy during their 2-1 defeat to Big Bullets in the TNM Super League.
At the disciplinary committee meetings held on 15th and 23rd October 2013 chaired by Tiya Somba Banda, Hojani was found guilty of breaching conduct of SULOM’s rules and regulations and the FIFA disciplinary code.
In the dying minutes of the said game, Hojani assaulted the ball boy Solomoni Mnyozo.
“This is in breach of both the SULOM articles and the FIFA Disciplinary Code. Therefore in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Code Section 2 Article 48: 1(d) and Article 48:2 the player is supposed to be given a straight red card, a minimum 2 matches suspension and a fine,” reads the report.
It went on to state that despite the player being given a straight red card he is duly served the 2 match suspension and is being fined K50,000 for assaulting a person other than a match official.
“The Disciplinary Committee also condemns the acts of delaying the restart of play by the ball boy and strongly reminds all stakeholders to concentrate only on their roles and not to be involved, conspire or interfere with the flow of the game,” it reads.
The Disciplinary Committee, however applauds the National Referees Committee (NRC) and Anthony Raphael in particular for professionally applying the Laws of the Game in all the Super League games in general.
The fine to Ben Hojani of K50,000 is payable before the next fixture.
That means Hojani will start serving his two match games ban on Saturday when his team face Mighty Wanderers in the Standard Bank Cup semi-finals.
The ball boy has welcomed the penalty on Hojani, saying it’s against the laws of football to commit violent conduct on anyone under the jurisdiction of the game.
He told Nyasa Times that the action which has been taken is correct.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :