Carlsberg Cup champions Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have been slapped with a K1.5 million fine after accepting charges of unsporting behaviors and bringing the game into disrepute following pitch invasion by their fans during the Carlsberg Cup final on 10th September at Kamuzu Stadium.
Three days after the cup final, the football governing body charged Mighty Be Forward wanderers for three offences; failure to control own supporters contrary to article 24.1; pitch invasion contrary to article 24.10 and bringing the game into disrepute as per article 24.21.
The Nomads’ general secretary Mike Butawo accepted the punch leveled on the team saying they failed to control their supporters.
“We accept the charges laid against us and we regret occurrence. We made all the efforts to have an incident free final which included meetings with our main supporters committee and all other sub committees,” Butawo explained.
“All of us were helpless against the emotions in our supporters evoked from winning the cup. Such emotions could have been handled by our security personnel who unfortunately were equally overwhelmed. We regret the incident and apologies whole heartedly,” he added.
FAM has since fined Wanderers K500, 000 for pitch invasion and has warned the club on future conduct for the offences of bringing the game into disrepute by causing negative publicity, delay of medal and trophy presentation, as well and abrupt end to live TV Transmission of the official proceedings of the match Mighty Be Forward Wanderers.
Wanderers will also pay the cost of repairs for the damage caused by their supporters on perimeter advertising boards and other stadium equipment which are estimated at K1 million.
In a related a development, Mighty Be Forward were unsuccessful in their appeal against the decision made by the Carlsberg Cup Organising Committee as regards to the Carlsberg Cup semifinal match between Mighty be Forward Wanderers and Mangochi Police.
The FAM Disciplinary Committee has upheld the decisions of the Organising Committee which fined Mighty Be Forward Wanderers K500,000 for bullying a Mangochi United player and K150,000 for bringing the game into disrepute.