Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it will comply with Silver Strikers’ request to furnish the club with evidence that led FAM to charge them with “unsporting behaviour.”
In an interview yesterday, FAM competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka said Silver have a right to get all information related to the charges for them to defend themselves.
“It is only right that the club be heard fairly. We will provide them with all the information they want,” he said.
Silver has written FAM to provide names of witnesses and their witness statements, a copy of the Presidential Cup rules and regulations, reports by match officials, reports by stewards and reports by the Police for the club to adequately prepare and respond to the allegations levelled against it.
In a letter addressed to FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, the Reserve Bank of Malawi sponsored side said they can adequately respond to the charge of “unsporting behaviour” only if they look at the evidence FAM used to level the charges.
The club has also demanded to be furnished with details of the victims and copies of the complaints by the said victims.
FAM filed charges against Silver for unsporting behaviour in relation to alleged conduct of the club’s supporters who allegedly beat up match officials at the Silver Stadium VIP entrance in violation of Article 27(10) of the 2016 Presidential Cup rules and regulations.
“We have tried in vain to verify the authenticity of the allegations levelled against Silver Strikers Football Club or its supporters.
“Verification with the police, who were charged with the responsibility of providing security to the match officials and who should have arrested the perpetrators of the assault, has also yielded no result at all as no-one was arrested in connection with the alleged assault,” reads part of the letter signed by Silver general secretary Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda.