Kamuzu Barracks midfielder Ben Hojani has been given a four-match ban after being found guilty of unsporting behaviour by the Super League of Malawi (Sulom).
Hojani displayed his unsporting behaviour during a game involving Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and their fellow brothers in arms Mafco at Dedza stadium on October 12.
It was leant that after the match KB players lead by Hojani and their Team Manager James Matewere manhandled the referee Duncan Lengani contrary to Article 21 (6) of the SULOM Rules and Regulations as read with FIFA Disciplinary code article 49.
Hojani, who also made headlines after roughing up and injuring a ball-boy at Kamuzu stadium last season, was consequently charged with unsporting behaviour in line with Article 49 1 Subsection (a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
While the charge against KB team manager has been dropped.
“Charges against KB team manager Matewere were dropped as the referee disclosed that he erred in reporting that Matewere threw a bottle at him when in reality he didn’t.
“He saw the team manager carrying a bottle of water in his hands and he thought he wanted to throw it at the officiating panel,” said Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda.
Sulom has also faulted referee Duncan Lengani, noting he failed to control the situation as he didn’t caution Hojani with a red card when the player charged at him.
The body has recommended to the National Referees Committee (NRC) to advise its members to be applying the laws of the game in full so that such situations should be “easily dealt with on the ground and not in the boardroom”.
There is no sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the referee’s stop watch and whistle were lost during the incident. Therefore it is inappropriate to ask KB to reimburse the same.
Last week, Sulom also slapped Airborne Rangers midfielder Kondwani Gawani with a four match ban for violent and unsporting conduct.
Gawani displayed his “violent conduct” during a TNM super league match involving the host Blantyre United and Rangers on September 28 at Kamuzu stadium. The visitors won 2-1.
During the match Charles Banda, Assistant coach for the visitors was expelled from the technical area due to unsporting conduct and also Gawani was given marching orders having been shown a red card for unsporting behaviour but instead of accepting referee’s decision the player grabbed the card and tore it.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :