Fam fines Lions, Evirom…game to be replayed today

Players and officials escaping to the dressing rooms—Picture by Bonex Julius

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has fined both Evirom FC and Red Lions after being found guilty of failing to control their supporters last week leading to the abandonment of the Carlsberg Cup quarterfinal tie.

The match was abandonded in the 70th minute after violence erupted in the stands and then spread into the pitch soon after Evirom had equalised.

Fam has ordered the game to be replayed today at Kamuzu Stadium behind closed doors.

Fam has also fined both teams K217,500 to bear the costs of organising the match. According to the ruling, K167,000 will go towards security while K50,000 will cater for the referees expenses.

In the ruling issued Tuesday by Fam’s General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, both teams have jointly been fined K100, 000 to go towards the renovations of the damages that the facility suffered.

Furthermore, Lions have been fined an extra K200,000 for being found guilty of abuse of power following their decision to bring into the stadium extra soldiers to join the fracas.

The national football governing body has asked the teams to settle the fines before today’s fixture.

“Fam would like to remind the soccer loving fraternity on the past where the game is coming from. The country has struggled to get sponsors over the years and a lot has been done to win back the confidence of the private sector,” reads the statement.

Fam also apologised to all stakeholders including Carlsberg Malawi who have been affected by the incident. Evirom owner Emmanuel Viola described the ruling as unfair.

“We don’t have money to pay. Even if they had ordered us to play outside Blantyre we could not have travelled. We did not cause the abandonment,” he said.

Lions Coach Mike Kumanga said they were yet to receive the ruling.

“We will comment when we get it,” he said.

 

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