… After its head coach beats up assistant referee, game abandoned

By Scoop Reporter

THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has fined Young Green Eagles for the abandoned match against Zesco Shockers last Sunday after their head coach Kelvin Mwaanga went ballistic and beat up assistant referee, Mathews Mabebo.

Young Green Eagles will pay K4, 000 fine for Mwaanga’s troubles while Shockers have smiled away with three free points and a 3-0 score line. Mwaanga will also serve a six-match touchline suspension.

In a letter to Young Green Eagles by FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala dated August 3, 2020, the FAZ disciplinary committee considered the referee’s report and was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Mwaanga caused the abandonment of the match after he beat up Mabebo.

Kashala says the committee considered Articles 109, 77, 31, and 91 of the FAZ Code and came up with the facts that Article 109 of the FAZ Disciplinary Code was violated thereby causing the abandonment of the match.

“Article 31, which presumes that the referee’s report is presumed correct, confirms that your head coach beat up the assistant referee. Your head coach violated Article 91 of the FAZ Disciplinary Code is therefore guilty of violent conduct.

“The committee therefore, made the following ruling: your club forfeits the match as provided for in Article 77 of the FAZ Disciplinary Code. Zesco Shockers have been awarded three points with a 3-0 score line. You have been K4, 000 and this amount should be paid within seven days of delivery of this ruling.

“Your head coach, Kelvin Mwaanga, has been suspended for six matches. In terms of Article 43 and 45 of the Disciplinary Code, you have the right to appeal the decision for the committee within 14 days of the notification of this decision,” reads the letter in part.

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