Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Football Club has been fined money amounting to K2 million by Super League of Malawi (SULOM) after being found guilty of failure to control the actions of its supporters, threatening and insulting match officials and bringing the game of football into disrepute.
According to a document released and signed by the SULOM General Secretary, Williams Banda, SULOM disciplinary committee convened on August 29, found the club guilty on the offences committed during its TNM super league first round game against Nyasa Big Bullets played on July 27, at Kamuzu stadium in Blantyre.
According to the committee, it was alleged that Be Forward Wanderers supporters, threw stones and missiles into the pitch and at half time of the game blocked the passage to the dressing room obstructing the officiating personnel, and threatened referee Mayamiko Kanjere.
Be Forward Wanderers was therefore charged with the offence of failure to control the actions of supporters who threw stones, threatened the match officials and bringing the game of football into disrepute contrary to Article 21(2), 21(6), 21(9) and Article 21(35) of the SULOM rules and regulations respectively.
According to Article 21(35) of the SULOM rules and regulations, Wanderers is ordered to pay the sum of K 500, 000 for its failure to control the actions of its supporters.
The club has also been fined MK 500,000 for verbally insulting and threatening the match officials.
Wanderers’ defender, Stanley Sanudi, has also been found guilty of using obscene languages towards match officials at the end of the match and has been seriously warned for the unbecoming behavior.
During the disciplinary hearing, the committee used documentary evidence in the form of reports from match assessors, stewards, referees and SULOM representative.
The document has also highlighted that any party aggrieved with this determination has a right to appeal within 48 hours on payment of the requisite appeals fees.