Malawi clubs launch second appeal against suspensions

Tear gas at the stadium in Balaka

Malawi clubs Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers have decided to contest the verdict of their appeal against bans for crowd violence.

After an initial challenge, Silver Strikers had their suspension reduced from eight months to six games and Wanderer's was cut from five months to four matches.

Wanderer's original fine of US$1620 was maintained but Silver Strikers' ban was increased from to pay more $6640 to $8,470.

The sides remain unhappy about the punishment which was given for failing to control their supporters at their league match on 28 December.

One fan died as a result of the violence at the match which was abandoned in the 61st minute with Silver, who needed a point to win the league, leading 1-0.

The match was ordered to be replayed behind closed doors but has now been called off because of the ongoing appeals by the clubs.

The Football Association of Malawi has said it will give sufficient time to both clubs to prepare their grounds of appeal and then set a date for hearing.

Super League Of Malawi General Secretary Williams Banda said the body will wait to hear from FAM on the way forward.

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