The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has fined Nyasa Big Bullets, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC and Moyale Barracks K1.5 million each for the violence which occurred during their respective TNM Super League matches.
Sulom disciplinary committee found Bullets guilty of failing to control their supporters who threw bottles, cans and other objects onto the pitch in protest against referees’ decision to rule out their goal for off-side in a match against rivals Be forward Wanderers on April 28.
“Nyasa Big Bullets are found guilty of failure to control the actions of their supporters contrary to Article 21 (2) of the Sulom rules and regulations,” reads the verdict.
However, the verdict also questions the decisions by referees Innocent Kaundula and Patrick Ngoleka to disallow the goal.
“Sulom is further advised to liaise with the referees’ mother body to ensure that action is taken or corrective steps are taken against the officiating personnel [Innocent Kaundula and Patrick Ngoleka] who were in charge on the 28th of April 2018 as the evidence shows that they were not firmly in control of the game,” reads the verdict further.
Meanwhile, Mzuni and Moyale have been fined for the fracas that occurred during their match at Mzuzu Stadium on May 14.
Mzuni supporters threw stones on the pitch during the match and one of them hit and injured a Moyale player Boyiboyi Chima.
After the match, Moyale players descended on the supporters injuring scores of them in the process.
Sulom has since banned the two sides from using Mzuzu Stadium in matches against each other.
Moyale players have not been spared as Sulom has suspended Gastin Simkonda, Boyiboyi Chima and Victor Mwale for two matches for preventing the referee from discharging his duties.
Victor Mwale, Lloyd Njaliwa, Ntopijo Njewa, Lovemore Jere and Boyiboyi Chima are suspended for six matches each for inciting violence.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda yesterday warned the two clubs to desist from violence in their matches.
“The incident was so intense that a life could have been lost. We warn these clubs to ensure they control their players and supporters. Any further incidents will result in stiffer punishments,” he said.