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Silver Strikers fined K3.5 million for cup violence

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CONFIRMED THE FINE—Chimbali

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Disciplinary Committee has whacked Silver Strikers with K3.5 million fine after finding it guilty on several counts pertaining to violence.

The punishment follows acts of violence and hooliganism that marred the FDH Bank quarterfinal between Silver and Nyasa Big Bullets on August 18.

The committee allowed Silver to continue using their home ground but the Bankers should not commit similar offence in two years as they will be banned for a period of two years.

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According to the verdict, Bullets and Fam officials were injured following acts of violence.

Silver have been fined K500,000 fine for assaulting their opponents and officials and another K500,000 for bullying Bullets supporters.

The Bankers were also fined K500,000 for inciting violence and K450,000 for, disturbing their opponents team talk.

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Silver have also been slapped with K2 million fine for putting the game in disrepute.

However, Silver risk an additional fine of K500,000 should the club fail to provide names of supporters to Fam within seven days involved in the improper conduct.

This is contained in the verdict dated 12 April 2022 and signed by the committee’s chairperson Allison M’bangombe.

Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali said their legal team will look into the matter.

“We have been served with the verdict for the violent acts that took place last year when we hosted Bullets in the FDH quarterfinal. We are now waiting for our legal team to advise us on the way forward,” Chimbali said.

The violence started before the match and some well-known Bullets supporters did not watch the match following threats.

Bullets lost the match 4-2 on post-match penalties after the game finished 2-2 in regulation time.

Silver went on to win the cup after beating Ekwendeni Hammers 2-0 in the final at Bingu National Stadium.

Stain Dave and Frank Banda scored in the final.

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