Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has punished Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers with a fine of MK100,000 each for unsporting behaviour during the two sides’ second leg quarterfinal match of the Airtel Top 8 Cup that took place at Mulanje Park in Mulanje District.
It is reported that the two sides both contravened stated articles of the 2017 Airtel Top 8 Rules and Regulations of displaying unsporting behaviour when their players invaded their opponents’ designated areas for doing prematch warm ups gainst the instructions of match officials.
“Kindly note that all the fines must be paid before NMC Big Bullets Football Club’s next fixture. Any aggrieved party is free to appeal to FAM’s Disciplinary Committee within 48 hours of receipt of this notification,” says the two letters to the two clubs, which were in exact wording.
Teams, when doing warm ups usually avoid their opponents from round them up in a circle, something they believe its to do with juju. When they spot any opponent trying to go round them as a group, they disperse and in various directions and in the process the teams ended exchanging their designated areas for warm ups.
Meanwhile, Fam has also seriously warned Bullets coach Nsazwirimo Ramadhan, Blantyre United coach Leo Mpulula and Masters Security general secretary Zachariah Nyirenda for misconduct.
Fam’s disciplinary committee has Ramadhan guilty of violating article 57 of the Fam Disciplinary Code as well as
article 24.13 of the Airtel Top 8 Rules and Regulations for openly criticising a match official labeling him as biased and incompetent thereby violating the principles of fair play.
“FAM hereby sanction you with a warning and you are advised to desist from making the similar comments in future or face tougher sanctions.”
For Masters Security GS, he is guilty of violating article 57 of the FAM Disciplinary Code for insulting a Blantyre United Football club official in the media thereby violating the principles of fair play.
The insults were allegedly made during a media pre-match interviews ahead of the TNM Super League match against Blantyre United which was consequently played on Saturday 20th May 2017.
While Mpulula, also during a media pre-match interviews allegedly insulted match officials accusing them of being corrupt thereby violating the principles of fair play.
“FAM hereby sanctions you with a warning and you are advised to desist from making the similar comments in future or face tougher sanctions,” says the warning letters to both parties worded exactly the same.