Football Club Punished Heavily After Supporters Beat Up Rivals

Football Club Punished Heavily After Supporters Beat Up Rivals

Keba Mothoagae
  • Zambian football was recently brought into disrepute because of the behaviour of spectators
  • Green Buffaloes supporters were accused of beating up their Power Dynamos counterparts in a league match
  • This resulted in the league association taking firm against the club, whose fans are repeat offenders

Green Buffaloes of the Zambian Premier League have been punished for bringing the league into disrepute.

The club was punished after a section of their supporters allegedly beat up their Power Dynamos FC counterparts in a tense encounter that took place last November at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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A fan is carried away by police during the violence that occurred in a Green Buffaloes vs Power Dynamos FC match. Image source: Football Zambia.
Source: UGC

According to the Lusaka Times, the trouble began when Dynamos supporters allegedly started pelting Buffaloes goalkeeper Geoffrey Silavwe for time wasting. Zambian Football reported that the Buffaloes fans did not take kindly to this, retaliating on their net-minders' behalf. Policing personnel present at the stadium also limply calming matters down after allegedly deliberately failing to intervene.

The Football Association of Zambia sanctioned the hosts, fining them US$8000 for their fans' behaviour. Upon an appeal, the fine was then reduced to US$5400. This was not the first time Buffaloes fans have lost the plot, having caused trouble exactly a year before in the stands at the Nkana Stadium.

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