ROAN United have been fined K5,000 and Luanshya’s Kafubu Stadium has been closed for five games following crowd trouble during the Super Division Week Nine match against Red Arrows.
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) disciplinary committee has awarded Arrows three points via a 2-0 score line.
Arrows have moved to ninth position on 17 points at par with Green Eagles and Nchanga Rangers although the Choma outfit has a better goal aggregate. Roan are second from the bottom with 12 points.
With Arrows leading 1-0, Roan scored but Kabwe-based referee Kendrick Chasaya ruled offside, a situation that infuriated the fans.
Fans started throwing stones on the pitch forcing Chasaya to stop the match on May 17.
While the teams were leaving the stadium, Roan fans continued throwing stones and smashed windows of the Arrows bus injuring two players in the process.
The players injured were midfielder Shadreck Malambo and defender Joseph Zimba.
Apart from playing five home games away, Roan have also accrued 150 penalty points.
According to the decisions made by the Anthony Kasolo-led FAZ disciplinary committee in Lusaka yesterday, Roan will not play five of their home games at Kafubu Stadium when the 2014 season resumes on July 19.
Arrows public relations officer Misheck Kalembwe said the decision was expected because it was Roan’s duty to discipline their fans.
Kalembwe hopes the three points awarded will motivate the players to aspire for a respectable position.
“It is a plus for us and we are happy. We hope it will boost our morale getting in to the last round of the league,” he said.
Other cases that were heard saw Division One (North) Kitwe United being awarded three points via a 2-0 score line over an abandoned Week Nine match against Ndola United.
Ndola United have been fined K5,000 and have also accrued 150 penalty points.
Zambia Daily Mail