Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU--The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has given stiff penalties to Moyale Barracks and the officiating personnel over soccer violence. This follows the beating up of referees on Sunday after Moyale lost to Big Bullets in Mzuzu.
Moyale Barracks has been ordered to cover all the medical costs of the referees who were hurt after players and supporters attacked them. The team must pay K200, 000 for instigating the violence and K100, 000 for not disciplining their supporters.
Moyale will also not use their home ground, Mzuzu Stadium, in the coming six games. The Super League of Malawi has also extended the punishment to individuals of Moyale Barracks. Midfielder Timothy Nyirenda has been suspended for six months for beating the assistant referee after the last whistle and must pay K70, 000.
Team captain Lovemore Mitengo who attacked assistant referee and Antony Banda who punched Bullets player Douglas Chirambo has been suspended for six months. Team manager Victor Phiri has been banned form the bench for six months.
Moyale has also been warned against committing the same acts for three years. A violation of this would lead to a complete ban from the Super League. The fate has not spared the referees as they have also been banned for six months for not being professional in their handling of the game.
“There was no coordination between the referee and his assistants. The referee was at several occasions not paying attention to his assistants which led to poor decision making,” said match commissioner Alex Mbale.
Sulom says this punishment should serve as a lesson to other teams. Regarding the ban to play at Mzuzu Stadium, Sulom said the punishment is confined only to Super League games. Moyale’s next match against Red Lions was supposed to be at the stadium. It’s not yet known where the match will be played.
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