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Be Forward Wanderers have launched a scathing attack on referee, Fransisco Scova’s alleged biased officiation during the Nomads’ game against Dwangwa United at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.

However, Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, has— instead of contacting National Referees Association (NRA) which assigns referees through regional committees—lodged a written complaint to Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) over Scova.

“We believe that much as us clubs have a responsibility to manage our games safely both on and off the pitch, the football governing bodies also share that responsibility and have the primary task of making the match environment conducive for the clubs to act responsibly,” Butao explained.

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“We know that there are teams that deliberately manipulate the system to ensure they win and other teams lose, and influencing allocation of referees is one of their major tactics. We can only pray that Sulom and the referee’s body have not fallen prey to such anti-football manipulators.”

Butao accused Scova of being a sympathiser of some big team. Wanderers were reportedly denied appeals for a penalty during the game, which ended 1-1.

During post-match interviews, Wanderers Coach, Jack Chamangwana, attributed the draw to his charges’ attitude.

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NFA General Secretary, Chris Kalichero, said yesterday that Wanderers should have directed their complaint to the association and copy to Fam and Sulom.

“Scova is a Malawian and a well-known referee. However, let me not comment much because I have not seen the complaint. We will wait for a match commissioners’ report for an independent opinion on the match,” Kalichero said.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, said yesterday Wanderers’ complaint will be forwarded to NRA, which allocates referees.

Scova has since welcomed the complaint, saying there are competent people who will establish the truth.

“I hope that Wanderers will provide evidence for the allegations levelled against me,” Scova said.

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