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Some Super League teams have asked Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to call for a stakeholders’ meeting to address the problem of football violence in the country.

This comes in the wake of rising incidents of violence that have left some clubs with huge fines.

So far, Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers have been fined due to their supporters’ ill behaviour.

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Bullets have been fined a total of K2.8 million due to the unruly behaviour of their supporters in separate games. Wanderers have also been fined K500,000 for similar incidents.

Bullets Acting General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, during the week said Fam was right to impose the fines on the clubs but suggested that the long-term solution would be to call for a stakeholders’ meet.

“I think Fam is not wrong to fine the clubs because every competition has its rules and regulations so they are just following the rules. But there is need to sensitise the supporters to respect the rules of the game. We believe some supporters are doing it out of ignorance,” Chigoga said.

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He also blamed the police and stewards for poor crowd-control.

“Stewards and the police have let us down for a long time. Instead of performing their duties, some come to the stadiums to watch games. Surely, they do not expect executive committee members to control the crowd,” Chigoga added.

Silver Strikers Interim General Secretary, Thabo Nyirenda, said stakeholders should quickly meet to find a long-term solution.

“We were supposed to meet before the start of the season to discuss how best to address the problems, including empowering the security personnel on crowd-control,” Nyirenda said.

“We also need to sensitise the supporters because some of the incidents that happen at football matches are criminal in nature and should be treated seriously.”

Kamuzu Barracks General Secretary, Michael Chamaere, shared similar sentiments, saying security personnel at football matches were to blame for cases of rising violence.

“It is strange to see stewards busy watching the games instead of controlling the crowd. We need to be serious on how we handle the crowd at football matches,” he said.

In a separate interview, Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, agreed with Chigoga but said the association’s Security Committee, which comprises all stakeholders, would evaluate the proposal.

“The meeting would be important but it should be strategised by the Security Committee which should recommend the key issues to be discussed in terms of match safety and security. We also need to look at the targets so that we get better results,” Gunda said.

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