Carlsberg Cup holders, Be Forward Wanderers, face a daunting task in the office after the Football Association of Malawi (Fam), charged them for displaying unsporting behaviour during the 2016 Carlsberg Cup semifinal against Mangochi Police on Saturday.
Wanderers have until today to respond to three charges of bringing the game into disrepute, failure to control their supporters and bullying of opponents.
The defending champions managed to reach the final under controversial circumstances after beating Mangochi Police 1-0 through a strike from substitute Ishmael Thindwa.
However, the match was thrown into turmoil after Mangochi Police goalkeeper, George Chauya, was replaced at half time following an alleged attack by supporters in the tunnel.
In a press statement released yesterday and signed by Fam General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda indicated that Wanderers were charged with bullying of opponents contrary to article 24.12 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulation.
“During the above stated match, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Supporters bullied a Mangochi Police player by pouring him soup in the dressing room tunnel during half time..,” reads part of the first charge.
Wanderers are also being accused of failing to take precautionary measures to control its supporters who invaded the dressing room and tunnel despite being aware and having been advised that they were not allowed to do so.
This is contrary to Article 24.1 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations
Thirdly, the Lali Lubani Road side has also been accused of bringing the game into disrepute. The charge states that Wanderers supporters resulted in the delay of the second half kickoff as well as negative publicity of the above stated match therefore bringing the game of football into disrepute.
Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, did not pick our calls but the team’s Chairperson, George Chamangwana, said he had not yet been served with charges.
“It is news. Are we stewards? Anyway I will comment further once I see the charges,” he said.
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