The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has awarded three points and two goals to Silver Strikers fined Red Lions Football Club for protesting a penalty kick on 5th June at Silver Stadium which led to the abandonment of the game.
In its determination, Sulom says Red Lions was found guilty of abandoning the game which is contrary to Article 21(7) and (1) of Sulom’s Rules and Regulations.
Red Lions protested referee's decision to award a penalty to the hosts at 89 minutes which the visitors claimed the decision to be dubious.
“Based on the actions of the Red Lions’ Players, the Committee has found Red Lions guilty of abandonment of the game contrary to Article 21 (7) and (1) of the Sulom Rules and Regulations,” reads the determination.
Sulom has awarded three points and two goals to the home team (Silver Strikers) while Red Lions has been asked to pay a sum of K1 million before their next Tnm Super League assignment.
The three points means the Bankers are level on points with (45) with defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets.
“Accordingly, the Committee hereby fines Red Lions the sum of MWK1, 000, 000.00 to be paid forthwith and in any event for their next game; and awards 3 (maximum) points and two goals from this game to Silver Strikers,” reads the determination.
According to Sulom’s General Secretary Williams Banda, Sulom’s Disciplinary Committee found that Silver Strikers failed to control actions of its supporters and failed to provide adequate security following an assault on Red Lions Goalkeeper by a Silver Strikers supporter and has been fined a sum of K1 million.
“Under Article 21 (1), Silver Strikers being the home team is liable for improper conduct among spectators who stoned the Red Lions goalkeeper. Further, Silver Strikers were and are responsible for the actions of their supporters and are required to take all the necessary precautions to prevent assaults against players before, during, and after the match at their ground as required under Article 21 (2).
“Silver Strikers failed to control the actions of its supporters and thus are guilty and subsequently fined the sum of MK 500, 000.00 according to Article 21 (3). Further, it is clear that Silver Strikers being a home team, failed to provide adequate security and therefore, under Article 21 (17) are hereby fined the sum of MK 500,000.00 payable before the next official match and failure shall lead to forfeiture of points,” said Banda.
Banda also said reports have established that the referee Jimmy Phiri awarded a dubious penalty to the home team, and has been banned together with his assistants. Sulom has however advised the parties that they can appeal to the determination within 48 hours on payment of the requisite appeals fees.