Red Lions players face action for improper conduct

Some Red Lions players may face fines for improper conduct during their TNM Super League encounter against Be Forward Wanderers on Sunday at Balaka Stadium.

Red Lions players besiege the referee
Wanderers restrain Red Lions players from attacking referee
Red Lions players besiege the referee

The Super League encounter was marred by tempers and physical challenges.

However, the Zomba based out-fit turned the field of play into a battle field, when some of its players were disputing referee, John Phiri decision to award a penalty to Wanderers.

The penalty was a result of lifting of an elbow by Red Lions defender on wanderers’ midfielder, Precious Msosa inside the 18 yard box leaving Phiri.

This prompted the referee Phiri to award the Nomads with a penalty which did not go well with Red Lions players.

There was a scuffle, as a bulk of Red Lions players surrounded the referee, disputing the penalty, with some shoving him around.

Red Lions goalkeeper was spotted punching Wanderers captain Joseph Kamwendo behind his head without the referee noticing the incidence.

In the process, one Red Lions player was given matching orders for using abusive language to the referee.

Red Lions technical panel managed to convince its players not to abandon the match but continue to playing.

Be Forward Wanderers Team Manager, Steven Madeira, described Red Lions players conduct as unfortunate.

“We came to play football, but it seems our friends came here for boxing. They made dangerous tackles to our players and this week our team doctor has a lot of job to do,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wanderers has lodged a complaint to Super League of Malawi on the incidence.

Last season, Red Lions were slapped with a total of K3.6 million fine and eight players were banned for a season for assaulting referee Boniface Chapinga in a Super League match against Surestream FC at the Kamuzu Stadium.

The team was found guilty of breaching Sulom’s rules and regulations and the FIFA disciplinary code.

For instance, Dickson Mbetewa Junior and Loti Chawinga were banned for 12 months and they were fined K350, 000 each for leading the assault on the referee.

Boniface Kaulesi, William Chiumia, Matthews Simbeye, George Haule and Thomas Makaombwa were banned from playing for six months and were fined K350, 000 each.

The club’s team doctor, Gibson Langwe was whipped with a ban from the touchline and the dressing room for 12 months and fined K350, 000.

The club was fined K450, 000 for failing to control the actions of their players, officials and supporters who assaulted the officiating personnel and the public as stipulated in Article 21.3 of rules and regulations of the TNM Super League.

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