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Cost of hooliganism

Nyasa Big Bullets risk being punished by Super League of Malawi (Sulom) following violence perpetrated by the team’s supporters after a 1-0 loss to Karonga United at Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday.

After the final whistle condemned the Blantyre giants to their first TNM Super League defeat this season, Bullets supporters and others stoned each other, prompting the police to throw teargas to disperse them.

Sulom President, Innocent Bottomani, condemned the violence, saying they will act accordingly.

“All teams are aware that we advocate for zero issues to hooliganism. We then expected players and supporters to behave well,” Bottomani explained.

“However, it is difficult for us to make a decision just now because we have not yet received match reports from match assessors, referees and Sulom representatives in Mzuzu. After the investigations, those in the wrong will be punished according to our laws.”

Bullets Technical Director, Billy Tewesa, was not available for a comment yesterday. The Daily Times captured on camera well-known Bullets fans throwing stones.

Karonga United chairperson, Alufeyo Banda, said no one from their camp got injured, hence there is no need for them to file a complaint to Sulom.

“Why should we engage in violent scenes when we have won the game? There were some Wanderers sympathisers who were cheering against Bullets, making them furious and they started throwing stones at each other,” Banda said.

Hygiene Mwandepeka’s goal in the 77th minute enabled his team to move two steps from position 14 to 16 with six points from nine games.

Similarly, Dwangwa United allegedly reacted angrily after the team lost 2-1 to Mzuni at Chitowe.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, said they will institute investigations and proper action would be taken on both incidents. A punishment for such an offence can range from K250,000 to K900,000 fine.

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