Three months after violence erupted during two TNM Super League matches in Dwangwa and Mzuzu, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) is yet to identify perpetrators of the vices, citing lack of match reports and evidence.
Print and electronic media splashed pictures of the violence. Both teams’ supporters fought against each other and the police.
The skirmishes erupted at Mzuzu Stadium during a game between Karonga United and Nyasa Big Bullets with other ugly scenes marring a meeting between Dwangwa United and Mzuni on June 26, 2016.
Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, on Wednesday said investigations into the matters will commence when they get match and police reports for enough evidence.
“We cannot act on hearsays or media reports. It should, however, be noted that the silence does not mean that we have concealed the issues. We are still looking into it. Soon the teams will be called for a hearing,” Banda explained.
He then urged those with the evidence on the fracas to forward it to the league governing body.
“Football is about fostering relationships among people. We will, therefore, not shield any team whose supporters are involved in hooliganism. The rules are clear that every activity that is not football related is misconduct and the teams involved should be punished,” he said.
While saying the league cannot act based on media reports, Banda asked the same press to forward the evidence through pictures captured during violence. Banda argued that it was difficult to base arguments based on newspaper or radio reports.
Teams found guilty risk paying a K500, 000 fine.
Karonga Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga, whose team beat Bullets 1-0 during that game, said they did not lodge a complaint to Sulom.
“We are a small team. Even if we lodge a complaint to the authorities nothing can go our way. Malawi football favours big teams,” Chipanga said.
Recently, Mafco, Be Forward Wanderers, Prison United and Zomba United were fined for being involved in violence during Carlsberg Cup matches.
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