NRFA imposes 1 year ban on Bwabwa United over officiating panel assault

By Hastings Wadza Kasonga Jr

Northern Region Football Association(NRFA) has banned Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Moto Division One side, Bwabwa United, from taking part in any tournament planned by the Association after found guilty of assaulting the officiating panel.

In a letter that has been sent to the team through FAM, NRFA claims that team’s supporters assaulted the referee in a Castel Challenge Cup match against Ekwendeni United at the Ekwendeni Community Ground last Saturday in opposition to decisions made in the game.

After a disciplinary committee meeting on Monday, the Association has decided to ban the team for a period of 12 months as the referees were treated at the hospital following the attack.

Meanwhile, the Association has advised all teams to refrain from the acts saying they are unnecessary in the game of Football.

“Beating or bullying is a serious case that can lead to end of life of stake holder in the beautiful game of football. Therefore clubs need to follow rules and regulations to stop the display of unsporting behaviors,” the conclusion part of the letter reads.

Bwabwa United has been given 48 hours if they would like to appeal against the decision.

They become a second team to receive such punishment from the Association after Chintheche United was banned for two years for committing similar offences.