Super League of Malawi of Malawi (Sulom) has slapped Moyale Barracks F.C with a fine of K150, 000.00 and handed their goalkeeper Mac Donald Harawa a six months ban for violent conduct following an incident in which he punched a referee in their 2-0 defeat in the hands of Big Bullets on Sunday.
Moyale stopper punched first assistant referee Kelvin Ngolonga, then referee Samuel Mangansanja when Bullets striker Heston Munthali headed in the second goal in what Harawa, convinced just as the rest of his team that the goal was scored from an offside position.
Mangansanja red-carded Harawa who reacted by kicking the referee then a water bottle while leaving the pitch.
The match had to be stopped for five minutes before play resumed.
Sulom convened a disciplinary hearing on (January 29, 2013), Tuesday at Pacific Hotel in Lilongwe where they found Harawa and Moyale guilty contrary to Super League of Malawi, Rules and Regulation and Fifa disciplinary code article 12 and 49.51 and 60 respectively.
In a letter, seen by Nyasa Times, disclosing the disciplinary committee’s determination, Sulom general secretary Williams Banda, pointed out that the “coercion, brawl and offensive behavior brought the game of football into disrepute.”
Moyale FC has been ordered to pay a fine of MK 150,000 prior to their next official match and that Harawa has been suspended for six months for the punching of the referee and
also “shall serve the two match automatic suspension in line with article 49 of the FIFA disciplinary Code considering that this is the second time that Moyale players have misbehaved in 2012/2013.”
Sulom has, however strictly warned the Mzuzu City based out-fit that further similar incidents shall lead to life ban of the player from the league.
Football commentators described Harawa’sactions “disgusting”.
Harawa was part of the Malawi team that took part in the 2011 Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup. Before joing Moyale Barracks, early last year, he was first-choice goalkeeper for Big Bullets.
Moyale has an option to appeal against the decision upon paying the appeal fee of MK 100,000.00.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :