Gambia: Banjul Sports Committee Sanctions Makann Bi, Others

The Banjul Sports Committee has sanctioned two clubs, Makann Bi and Digi Dambi for "bringing the game into disrepute". The Committee has also sanctioned three players and a coach for their part in a recent violent clash.

The Committee through its secretary general, Ebou Faye, told Observer Sports that the violence that erupted between Makann Bi and Digi Dambi on Tuesday was totally unacceptable and against all tenets of fair play. As such, by bringing the game into disrepute both teams behaviour was unruly especially Makann Bi who were the cause and main culprit of the violence. "By bringing the game into disrepute, Makann Bi is fined D3000and Digi Dam Bi D1500 respectively," it said.

It added that Buso Sallah of Makann Bi who caused all the mayhem is banned for the rest of the Nawetaan including the 2013 Nawettan as well while Alagi Ceesay of Makann Bi who attacked the supporters with the Committee's small stove (FURNO) is banned for the rest of the Nawettan including the 2013 season as well. He was equally fined D100 for the small stove. Saihou Joof of Makann Bi who was also instrumental is suspended for the rest of the Nawettan.

Lamin Ceesay, coach of Makann Bi, who assaulted a Committee member, is banned from coaching in the Nawettan for the rest of the Committee's term in office, in addition to being fined D1000. Digi Dambi is also fined D500 for Baboucarr Savage's climbing of the chain link fence (perimeter fence). Nuha Betts of Digi Dambi is also suspended for the rest of the 2012 Nawettan for kicking the entrance gate when shown a red card and attacking the Miami players which has no bearing on the match.

The Banjul Sports Committee stressed that all the fines must be paid before their next match and failure to pay will result the forfeiture of the points of both teams.

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