FAM Disciplinary Committee has reduced Silver Strikers’ and Mighty Wanderers’ fines and softened their bans over violence that characterised their aborted TNM Super League meeting at Balaka Stadium on December 28 2013.
However, the committee upheld the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Appeals Committee’s decision that their game be replayed in an empty stadium with Sulom meeting the costs of the match.
“The panel noted that Sulom failed as administrator of the league to take charge by leaving the responsibility over security solely in the hands of the home team,”reads the verdict signed by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda.
“It is the view of the panel that Sulom should not have allowed the match to be played at Balaka Stadium without adequate security. For these reasons, the panel orders that the game be replayed in an empty stadium at Kamuzu Stadium with security costs and officiating personnel costs paid by Sulom.”
In its verdict, the committee reduced Silver’s forfeiture of six competitive games next season, replacing it with a deduction of nine points from next season’s league games. Silver were faulted for starting the violence while the Nomads shouldered the blame for failing to provide security.
It means the Bankers will start next season minus nine points while the Nomads will have six points deducted from next season’s games instead of forfeiting four competitive matches.
FAM committee also reduced the K5.2 million total fine which Sulom Appeals Committee imposed on Silver, to K1 750 000 (about $3 4. Wanderers’ fine has now been slashed to K500 000 from the previous K700 000.
Silver led 1-0 before the Balaka match was abandoned in the 61st minute.
The Bankers have 50 points just like Moyale Barracks who wound up their campaign.