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Big Bullets fined, fan banned

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Nyasa Big Bullets have been fined K500,000 after being found guilty of pitch invasion during the Fisd Challenge Cup round of-16 match against Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium. Bullets lost the match 1-0.

Bullets’ supporter, Yusuf Julius, who invaded the pitch and snatched water bottles for Silver goalkeeper

Blessings Kameza, has also been banned from all official football matches for four years. Bullets have been ordered to ensure his compliance with the ban.

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According to the ruling dated November 20, 2016 and signed by Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) outgoing General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, the competition’s organising committee came up with the verdict after examining reports, including from the police and the officiating personnel.

“The incidents happened in the full view of police and stewards, who unfortunately, failed to apprehend the fan,” reads the letter in part, adding that any aggrieved party can appeal within 48 hours upon paying K450, 000.

Bullets’ Chairperson, Noel Lipipa, questioned the role of the stewards and the police if they cannot apprehend a fan.

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“How do they know that he is a genuine Bullets’ supporter? In all fairness, I do not see any reason for hiring the stewards and the policemen when they cannot arrest a single fan. We think he was sent by some quarters to tarnish our reputation,” Lipipa said without elaborating whether they will appeal or not.

Following the incident, Fam suspended nine stewards and also forfeited their allowances.

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