Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has charged Be Forward Wanderers for displaying unsporting behaviour during the Carlsberg Cup semi-final against Mangochi Police on August 27 at the Kamuzu Stadium.
The Nomads have been charged with bullying their opponents, failure to control their supporters and bringing the game of football into disrepute, according to a statement signed by FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda.
“During the above stated match, [Wanderers] supporters bullied a Mangochi Police player [George Chauya] by pouring soup on him in the dressing room tunnel during half time which is contrary to article 24.12 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations.
“Wanderers failed to take precautionary measures to control its supporters who invaded the dressing room and tunnel.
“The actions of Wanderers supporters resulted in the delay of the second half kickoff as well as negative publicity of the above stated match; therefore, bringing the game of football into disrepute,” reads the statement.
As we went to press, the Nomads were asked to respond to the charges within 24 hours.
Mangochi Police goalkeeper Chauya was substituted following the half time incident, but after the match, Wanderers general secretary Mike Butao denied the accusations.
He said: “There was no Wanderers supporter in the tunnel or inside the fence because before the match, I had a meeting with them on Friday and emphasised the same and I personally checked the same. I have even enquired from the police and what I have heard is that the goalkeeper anathilidwa mafuta a nkhumba and he started rolling on the ground in ‘pain’.”
This is the second time in three weeks the Nomads have been charged of such acts after they were also fined K300 000 following the fracas in the quarter-final of the same cup against Prison United at Balaka Stadium.