Silver Strikers have not appealed against the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) K2.9 million fine for their role in the violence that erupted during the Fisd Challenge Cup semi-final match against Blue Eagles last year.
In the verdict issued on April 15, Eagles, who were fined K1 million and Silver were asked, if willing, to appeal within three days.
“Any party that is dissatisfied with decisions has the right to appeal to the FAM Disciplinary Committee within 72 hours of receiving this letter and upon the payment in cash of K500 000,” it read.
While Eagles then said they were satisfied with the ruling, Silver stated that they were waiting for legal advice before deciding the way forward.
But yesterday FAM competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka said, at the lapse of three days, the Bankers had not appealed.
He said, as it stands, Silver, like Eagles, are expected to pay the full amount “before their next official match.”
Asked if they have made any attempts to appeal, Silver chief executive officer Thoko Chimbali said they were planning to respond to the verdict yesterday.
“Will give you feedback later…we are responding to FAM today,” he said.
The violence on November 23, which was triggered by a section of purported Silver fans as their team was losing 4-0, resulted in the match abandonment of the match and left some fans injured amid relentless pelting of objects.
Police were forced to fire teargas to dispell the rioters. The first aid team had a busy afternoon as they evacuated the injured and rushed them to the hospital.
Silver were found guilty on five counts of misconduct including causing match abandonment, beating and bullying of opponents and inciting hatred and violence.
Eagles were punished for two offences: “inciting hatred and violence” and “brawl and beating and bullying of opponents” with each attracting a K500 000 fine.