Silver, Wanderers punishment reduced in FAM appeal verdict

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has reduced the punishments for the Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers football clubs in a verdic on their appeal case on crowd violence.

The two teams were handed heavy fines following violence that erupted during a Super League match on 28 December 2013 in which one person died at the match which was abandoned in the 61st minute with Silver, who needed a point to win the league, leading 1-0.

The sides appealed to FAM about the punishment which was given to them by Super League of Malawi (Sulom)  for failing to control their supporters at their league match on 28 December.

FAM President Walter Nyamilandu :  Verdict out
FAM President Walter Nyamilandu : Verdict out

In the verdict released on Tuesday,  FAM has reduced the fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs imposed on Silver Strikers to MK1, 500, 000.

The top soccer governing body has also reduced the fine for Silver for failure to control their supporters from MK450, 000 to MK250, 000. The total fine for Silver is now MK 1 750 000.

On games for Silver Strikers the FAM panel has quashed the order to forfeit matches and replaced it with an order that Silver should play all its matches but a total of nine points be deducted, and thus Silver Strikers will start the next season on minus nine points.

The fine for Wanderers for failing to control supporters has been reduced from MK450, 000 to MK250, 000.

For Wanderers, FAM has also maintained the fine of MK250, 000 for the offence of failure to provide adequate security as a home team. Wanderers’ total fine MK 500 000, but they will lose six points in the next Super League season.

The replay match has been moved from Zomba to Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, and will be played without supporters of either side.

FAM has also tasked Sulom to take charge on matters of security at venues and not leave the responsibility wholly to clubs.

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