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Red Lions Football Club and their players risk heavy penalties following the incidents of violence that happened at the Kamuzu Stadium in their two-all draw against Surestream FC on Sunday.

Red Lions conceded two penalty goals in the match and were denied three goals for offside.

The violence erupted after the final whistle when the Red Lions players manhandled referee Boniface Chipinga for alleged biased officiation and the fans joined in the brawl which saw the Lions players flee to the dressing room.

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The fans then pelted missiles at the Red Lions bus, smashing the windscreen and all the windows.

Soldiers from the Blantyre army camp came in a Tata Truck to intervene, and in the process of dispersing the crowd, left three spectators seriously injured.

One was taken to the hospital unconscious.

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Lions coach, Prichard Mwansa, conceded that the club failed to control its players well and they would act on that.

“Of course the referee gave our opponents dubious penalties but we tried to encourage the players to go on with the game. However, going to the extent of beating up the referee is a bad act of indiscipline. As professionals, we always have to be disciplined. We will sit down with the players to see how we will handle that,” he said.

Super League of Malawi vice president, Daud Suleman, said the league’s governing body would meet yesterday to determine the verdict on the matter.

Red Lions, as a club, face a charge of failing to control their players and some of the Lions players face a charge of assaulting match officials.

In the 2012/2013 season, Moyale Barracks goalkeeper, McDonald Harawa, was given a six-month ban for assaulting a referee and his assistant at the Kamuzu Stadium.

Just two seasons ago, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers were deducted six and nine points respectively for failure to control their players in a league match at Balaka Stadium.

The violence that ensued led to the death of a Nomads supporter Lemiyasi Josita.

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