The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) says it will investigate an allegation that Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC supporters invaded the pitch during their TNM Super League match which they won 3-2 against city rivals Moyale Barracks FC.
The supporters, mostly students at the institution, run on to the pitch in celebration when their team grasped a last minute winner over the Lions of Kaning’ina at the Mzuzu Stadium a fortnight ago.
Soon after the match, Sulom President Innocent Botoman, expressed worry over the incident, describing it as ‘laxity’ by Mzuni FC officials for failing to control their supporters.
But two weeks after the incident, no culprit of the incident has been brought to book by the league’s controlling body.
Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda, said though no reports on the matter has reached Sulom, an investigation will be conducted.
“All the match reports by officials that have reached us so far have not indicated anything related to pitch invasion.
“But it’s good that it is coming from you [members of the media] and this will act as an eye opener to us considering that pitch invasion is a serious matter and is punishable by our rules and regulations. All the teams are well aware of that,” said Banda.
The General Secretary added that Sulom will be investigating the matter and at the same time monitor events in the upcoming fixtures. He said once the investigations are done the perpetrators will be dealt with accordingly.
Cases of supporters invading the pitch during football matches have been on the rise in recent years with Big Bullets being the latest culprit when they were fined K250, 000 by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) after their supporters invaded the pitch during Carlsberg Cup quarter final encounter against Mafco FC at Civo Stadium in August last year (2015).
According to Banda, once investigations are done and it has been established that Mzuni are on the wrong side of the law, they may be fined K300, 000.