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Giants fined again, Nomads defiant

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has slapped Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers with K850,000 and K300,000 fines, respectively, for their unsporting behaviour during the Airtel Top 8 Cup semi-finals played over the weekend at Bingu National Stadium and Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, communicated to the teams about the sanctions through letters issued on Monday. Wanderers have since challenged the association for meting out the penalties before hearing out the club.

In the separate letters addressed to Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, and his Silver counterpart Thabo Nyirenda, Gunda faulted the Airtel Cup finalists for their behaviour before and during the matches against Moyale Barracks and Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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“During the half time of the above stated match, two Be Forward Wanderers Football Club supporters jumped from the stands into the pitch, which is contrary to article 24.10 of the of the 2017 Airtel Top 8 Rules and Regulations,” reads the letter.

“Be Forward Wanderers Football Club are sanctioned with a K500, 000.000 fine. Be Forward Wanderers Football Club failed to take precautionary measures to control their supporters from tampering with goalposts at half time of the above stated match as the club’s three supporters touched and urinated against the Southern goalposts, which is contrary to article 24.9 of the 2017 Airtel Top 8 Rules and Regulations. Wanderers are sanctioned with a K300, 000.00 fine.”

The Nomads, who will meet Silver on Saturday at Bingu National Stadium in the final, were also slapped with a K50,000 fine for failing to bring equipment to a pre-match meeting. The teams were free to appeal within 48 hours from Monday.

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Silver were also fined for failing “to take precautionary measures to control their players and officials from using undesignated entry point into the stadium. The team defied match protocols and orders from match officials to use the Civo Stadium main entrance and instead used the Covered Stand gate to get into the stadium.”

In reaction, Butao faulted Fam for fining the Nomads before hearing them out.

Fam also fined Nyasa Big Bullets K450,000 over the team’s unsporting behaviour during their Airtel Cup quarter-final against Silver at Mulanje Park Stadium a fortnight ago.

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