Red Lions’ referee attackers identified


Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has found Red Lions guilty of breaching the conduct, rules and regulations of the league and the Fifa disciplinary code during Sunday’s two-all draw against Surestream FC at Kamuzu Stadium.

A statement released Tuesday by Sulom treasurer, Tiya Somba Banda, says Lions are guilty of failing to control the actions of their players, officials and supporters who assaulted the officiating personnel and the general public as stipulated in Article 21.3 of the rules and regulations of the league.

“Its players behaved in a manner which brought Sulom and its sponsor TNM in to disrepute as stipulated in Article 13.1.6 of the Sulom constitution,” reads the statement.


“The fracas caused by its players, breached peace of the general public thereby contravening Article 13.2.2 of the Sulom constitution as read with Article 21.19 of Sulom rules and regulations.”

Sulom has also ruled that eight Lions players and team doctor, Gibson Langwe, were in breach of Sulom regulations (Article 21.6) and the Fifa Disciplinary Code (Article 49.1.b) by assaulting the match officials, precisely, the referee Boniface Chapinga.

The players found guilty of the charges are Dickson Mbetewa Jnr, Loti Chawinga, Boniface Kaulesi, William Chiumia, Matthews Simbeye, George Haule, Thomas Makombwa and Sunganani Msiska.


Lions were given up to the close of business today to respond to the charges.

Meanwhile, the club’s treasurer, Wakisa Kaisi, yesterday said they would meet to decide on the plea they would make.

“Right now, I can’t say anything. We will sit down as a club to decide how we can respond to the charges,” he said.

Sulom has since warned all Super League teams to desist from violence in the 2015 season.

“Sulom would like to remind clubs, officials, players and spectators that we all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game by ensuring that the laws of the game are adhered to.

“Always respect the match officials’ decisions, promote fair play and never engage in offensive, insulting, assaulting match officials, opponents and opposing supporters,” reads Somba Banda’s statement.

Red Lions conceded two penalty goals to share spoils with the rookies.

The violence erupted after the final whistle when the Lions players manhandled referee Boniface Chapinga.

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