Carlsberg sponsorship under threat

There is little hope for the return of Carlsberg Cup next season following the abandonment of two matches in the competition in a space of two weeks due to violence and hooliganism.
Violence and hooliganism caused the abandonment of the Carlsberg Cup semifinal between Blantyre United and Kamuzu Barracks who were leading 2-0 on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium.
The soldiers had just scored a second goal and when referee Duncan Lengani sent off Blantyre United defender Grayson Phiri for a second bookable offence, all hell broke loose.
Police had to fire teargas to disperse the rowdy fans. Players, officials fled the pitch marking an end to yet another Carlsberg Cup match.
A week ago a quarterfinal match between Red Lions and Evirom also ended prematurely at the same venue after battles between the solders’ and civilians side supporters.
Kamuzu Barracks had asked Football Association of Malawi to shift the game to a neutral venue, however, the association insisted on fixing the game at Kamuzu Stadium.
The team’s Manager Francis Shawa said they would not accept any decision other than they had qualified for the final to meet Moyale Barracks.
Fam competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka said they were saddened by the incident.
“Everything was just fine. Kamuzu Barracks scored a valid goal which even Blantyre United even conceded. But all of a sudden and supporters who I don’t think belong to any team that was playing started throwing stones into the pitch,” he said.
“There are some people who are behind the spate of violence. Their aim is to tarnish the good image of Fam. This is very bad and it has to stop otherwise in scares sponsors. We know who are behind this and we will make sure they are punished.”
Meanwhile Carlsberg Malawi has said they are watching carefully violent incidents surrounding the competition.
Carlsberg already pulled out sponsorship for Bullets FC and Mighty Wanderers.

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