Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has fined Red Lions K500 000 for failing to provide security as a home team in a TNM Super League fixture against Silver Strikers three weeks ago.
The Zomba-based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side lost the match 0-1.
The flagship league runners have also suspended the Reds’ talisman Royal Bokosi, head coach Nelson Chirwa and team manager Alexander Saka for insulting referees’ assessor Chalvin Ngolanga and exchanging a verbal tirade with referee Evidence Kananji and assistant referee Happiness Mbandambanda.
Bokosi, who is the Lions’ leading scorer, has been suspended for two matches while the other two technical officials will not be allowed on the touchline in the club’s next two matches.
In an interview yesterday, Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said the disciplinary committee considered article 22.214.171.124 and article 32 of the Sulom constitution.
Lions were charged with acts of violence or attempt against match officials and failure to protect match officials at the venue.
Southern Region Football Referees Association chairperson Emmanuel Mlauzi said he is happy with the verdict, but feels Sulom could have done better.
He said: “I have read the verdict and we are in agreement. However, we are not happy with part of the judgement which states that Ngolanga was not on duty.”