The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) today has upped punishments to Silver Strikers to about K5 million according to a verdict on the appeals filed by the bankers and Mighty Wanderers against the decision by the league’s disciplinary committee on the football violence that occurred in Balaka last month.
Sulom Disciplinary Committee fined and banned Silver and Wanderers for eight and five months respectively last month.
But in today’s determination by the Sulom Appeals Committee, Silver’s financial fine has gone up to K5.2 million (10 000 swiss francs) from K2.95 million fine while the Nomads fined remained at K700 000 (or about $1 750).
Wanderers and Silver’s eight and five months bans from football have now been reduced to four and six competitive games, reads a statement issued by Sulom general secretary Williams Banda.
The verdict follows the appeals committee meeting which their legal advisor Felix Tambulasi chaired over two days from January 19 2014 in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre.
The two team’s TNM Super League match, which was aborted on December 28 2013 at Balaka Stadium due to violence which killed Lemiyasi Josita, will now has to be replayed by January 26 2014 at an empty Zomba Community Centre.
“The Appeals Committee enhances the penalty for inciting violence to Silver Strikers FC in line with Article 56(1) of the Fifa Disciplinary Code and hereby sanctions Silver Strikers FC to pay an (Malawi Kwacha) equivalent of 10 000 Swiss Francs,” reads the verdict signed by Sulom general secretary Williams Banda.
“The Appeals Committee upholds the fine of K 450 000 each on both Silver Strikers FC and Mighty Wanderers FC for failing to control the improper conduct of their unruly supporters; Mighty Wanderers FC are guilty of failure to provide adequate security to the visiting team …and are hereby fined K250 000 considering that there was security, but it was inadequate with shortfall of 19.”