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Silver Striker ban, fine set aside

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Silver Strikers can breathe a sigh of relief after Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s Disciplinary Committee suspended the punishment which the association’s competitions committee meted out on the club.

Fam Competitions Committee banned Silver from using their stadium for a year and also imposed a K3.7 million fine.

This was after Silver were found guilty on nine counts of misconduct during the FDH Bank Cup quarterfinal match against Nyasa Big Bullets at Silver Stadium in August last year.

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However, Silver appealed on grounds that they were not given ample time to respond to the charges and were also not given a chance to be heard.

A well-placed source confirmed that, at its meeting on Saturday, the Disciplinary Committee suspended the verdict.

“Verdict has been suspended, new processes to be followed within seven days but the case stands,” said the source.

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Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda and Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka were not readily available Sunday.

Silver lawyer Chrispine Sibande confirmed the development, saying they were hoping for the best.

“We, as Silver, appealed on grounds that we were not given enough time to respond to charges that time; we were not afforded an opportunity to be heard by the Competitions Committee.

“Competitions Committee had no authority to preside over the case because FDH Cup rules say all matters to do with violence and hooliganism must be dealt by the Fam Disciplinary Committee,” Sibande said.

“We submitted that the Competitions Committee deliberately didn’t want to share the reports from the stadium contrary to Fam Statutes on rules of natural justice. We also submitted that the Competitions Committee was part of decision-making at the stadium and some decisions were purely made by them at the stadium. Therefore, the same Competitions Committee couldn’t be a fair and impartial judge on the incidences that happened there.”

Fam fined Silver K2 million for bringing the game of football into disrepute and K500,000 for beating and bullying opponents and match officials.

In addition, they were also fined another K500,000 for inciting hatred and violence. That was not all, Silver were also fined K450,000 and K300,000 for insulting match officials.

Silver’s controversial supporter Mulo Makina was also banned for life after he was found guilty of four charges including beating opponents and bullying opponents by pouring urine on Bullets players and supporters in line with Article 24.12 of the 2021 FDH Bank Cup rules and regulations.

However, during a press conference in December last year, Silver Chief Executive Officer, Thokozani Chimbali said the club would fight for justice.

Before, during and after the match, fans from the two teams were involved in a brawl inside and outside the stadium. Several people were injured during the fracas.

Former Flames midfielder Sherry Msuku said he was hoping for justice to prevail.

“First of all, it was too harsh on the club. I believe Silver have learnt a lesson and they will not do it again,” Msuku said.

During the match, Silver beat Bullets 4-2 on post-match penalties after 2-2 stalemate in regulation time.

They went on to win the competition after beating Mighty Wanderers 3-0 in the semifinal before a 2-0 victory over Ekwendeni Hammers in the final at Bingu National Stadium.

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