Silver Strikers will appeal against Super League of Malawi's (Sulom) verdict that has seen the team attracting a K1.1 million fine and a six-game home ban but the club say they are broke to pay.
Silver were slapped with the punishment following violence that erupted during the team's one-all draw against Epac FC on Saturday.
The bankers were found guilty of misconduct contrary to Sulom's rules and regulations, Sulom constitution and the Fifa disciplinary code.67
The club's chairman MacDonald Mafuta Mwale also disclosed that t h e team would not be able to pay the fine because they are cash-strapped.
The disciplinary committee ordered Silver to pay fine before making an appeal.
"We are appealing because we are not satisfied with the verdict. It is our right to appeal. We were given 48 hours and we are within the time frame. However, we will not be able to pay the fine as directed because we don't have that money," he said on Thursday.
Sulom general secretary William Banda said it was difficult to comment on Mwale's remarks as Silver were yet to appeal.
"We can't speculate on what they risk because they have not yet appealed. If they fail to pay the fine we will consult the executive before making a (final) decision," he said.
However, Mwale, has apologised to supporters that sustained injuries during the fracas.
He also condemned the behaviour of the supporters.
"First of all, I want to apologise to those who were injured at Silver Stadium. I would also want to reiterate that we do not condone such behaviours by the supporters," he said.
Mwale asked Sulom to be impartial when handling cases.
He alleged that some supporters invaded the pitch during the team's game against Big Bullets a few weeks ago and the team was not punished.
"In one of our fines, Sulom says that our supporters invaded the field of play. In our recent game against Bullets, their supporters also invaded the pitch and nothing happened. Sulom should not wake up now because it's Silver."
Mwale also blamed the Police for failing to arrest the culprits.
" Things were happening in their full view. In one incident they just went and separated people who were fighting. Why didn't the police arrest them to give example to others?" he asked.
He said the Silver supporters were provoked by Epac who celebrated their goal in Silver supporter's territory.
The Silver chairman accused Epac players for inciting violence.
But Banda faulted Strikers for failing to support the Police in their duty.
"We have been informed that Silver did not give keys to the Police to access some areas," he said.