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SULOM Appeals Committee upheld Red Lions verdict

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Red Lions have lost an appeal case over the violence during the game against Surestream FC on May 10 at Kamuzu Stadium in the TNM Super League.

Godfrey Mwale succumbed to death after the violence Godfrey Mwale succumbed to death after the violence

Red Lions were found guilty and fined a total of K3.6 million with two players banned for one year and six other players for six months for inciting the violence that cost a fan Geoffrey Mwale his life.


Mwale was brutally injured by rampant Red Lions fans and eventually died at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where he was being treated.


But Red Lions appealed against the verdict but the Disciplinary Committee maintained that Red Lions were responsible for the violence.

A verdict, signed by SULOM Treasurer Tiya Somba Banda however reduced the fine imposed on each of the eight players and one official from a total of K3,600,000 to K3,150,000.
The Appeals Committee recommended that the players and the official should be fined K300,000 each and not K350,000.

“Having examined the reports and the rules, the Panel found that they were applicable to the matter at hand. The Panel further examined the findings of the Disciplinary Committee and whether the teams were charged properly and the Panel noted that the charges were in order,” reads the verdict in part.

"Following the analysis of the verdict, the evidence, the Statutes of SULOM, SULOM Rules and Regulations as read with the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the Panel unanimously upholds the findings of the SULOM Disciplinary Committee in that the team, eight players and the team doctor were in the wrong."

Ted Roka chaired the meeting in place of the SULOM Legal Adviser, Captain Gilbert Mitawa who recused himself due to conflict of interest as he is senior officer for Malawi Defence Force, sponsors Red Lions.

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