FAM rules Lions, Envrom to replay Malawi Carlsberg Cup match in closed doors

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has ordered the replay of the abandoned Malawi Carlsberg Cup match involving Red Lions and Envrom FC.

In its verdict made available to Nyasa Times, FAM ordered that the match will be replayed at the same venue Kamuzu Stadium on Wednesday 28thAugust 2013 at 2pm “ behind closed doors” where  no supporters will be allowed inside the stadium to watch the game.

The first game was abandoned due to fracas that erupted in the second half.

The match was suspended in the 70th minute when the ugly face of violence once again reared its head as suspected soldiers and Envrom fans were engaged in running battles that erupted into full-scale skirmishes.

Red Lions bench: ..Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Red Lions bench: ..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

After the abandonement, Red Lions technical panel accused Bullets and Wanderers fans that they were the ones responsible for the fracas arguing Envrom as a small team has no such huge support which was witnessed on Friday at Kamuzu stadium.

“The abandonment of the match was purely due to outside interference caused by the rival supporters and had nothing to do with match officials’ decisions or the conduct of players on the field of play,” FAM said in its ruling.

It added: “The fracas was to an extent fueled by external forces, rather than Evrom and Red Lions, who are bitter with the previous behavior of Army teams as well as their recent emergence as powerhouses in local football. There is great tension between Army teams and Civilian teams with some forces operating behind the scenes to deal with military sides.

Red Lions were found guilty of “abuse of power by using their military status to intimidate and torture civilians” as well as their decision to bring in more soldiers to the Stadium to fight against civilians and have been fined an extra K200, 000.00 .

Both teams will  jointly bear the costs of organizing the match which is K200,000.00 (Paying of security K150,000.00 and Referees K50,000.00).

FAM also ruled that the two teams should jointly bear the costs of renovations on the damages done on the facility during the Friday fracas which is K100,000.00

The fines should be settled before the teams play the fixture, FAM ruled.

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