Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Monday summoned giants Silver Strikers and debutants Dedza Dynamos to a disciplinary hearing over a fracas that marred the TNM Super League match between the two sides last month.
The two appeared before a disciplinary committee at Lilongwe Hotel, where Silver officials were answering charges of beating Dynamos Security Officer Ernest Gaphani for allegedly invading the pitch.
Dynamos were reportedly answering the charge of inciting violence.
During the game, some suspected Silver fans placed objects at Dynamos’ goal area at half time, which forced the league newcomers’ security officer to invade the pitch to remove the objects.
This prompted Silver fans to react by beating Gaphani.
Both teams and Sulom have confirmed the development but Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali wondered why Sulom fast-tracked the case when the team also filed a complaint over the conduct of Blue Eagles players.
“We were the first to lodge a complaint before this Dedza issue. How come they are prioritising the case between Dedza and Silver? This is very unfortunate,” Chimbali said.
However, Sulom President Tiya Somba- Banda downplayed Chimbali’s statements, saying Silver’s complaint against Eagles will also be heard at an appropriate time.
“There are more issues that need to be heard. We will hear all cases accordingly,” he said.
Dynamos General Secretary Mavuto Mugode said they maintained their innocence stand during the hearing.
“Our security officer went at the goal area to remove the bottle that was a threat not only to our goalkeeper but the rest of the players in the goal area. Unfortunately, he was beaten,” Mugode said.
Recently, Silver were fined about K3.4 million by Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Disciplinary Committee after being found guilty of several counts.
The committee further allowed Silver to continue using their home ground but the Bankers should not commit similar offence in two years as they will be banned for a two years.
The punishment follows acts of violence and hooliganism that marred the FDH Bank quarterfinal between Silver and Nyasa Big Bullets on August 18 last year.
According to the verdict, Bullets and Fam officials were injured following acts of violence.
Silver were also slapped with a K500,000 fine for assaulting their opponents and officials and another K500,000 for bullying Bullets supporters.
The Bankers were also fined K500,000 for inciting violence and K450,000 for disturbing their opponents’ team talk.
Silver have also been slapped with K2 million fine for putting the game in disrepute.
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