Referee Roy Williams has been banned from officiating sporting activities for life after causing controversy in the Presidential Cup match involving Civo United and Masters Security which was abandoned.
National Referees Association (NRA) has imposed the lifetime ban on Williams for bringing the game into disrepute.
“He failed to observe the laws of the game,” said Referees general secretary Chris Kalichero.
He said Williams is not a first offender as he had served nine months ban last year on officiation controversy.
Williams while confirming the ban denied bringing the game of football into disrepute.
The second round encounter involving Civo and Master Security was abandoned in the 28th minute as the hosts, Civo, were leading 2-0.
The match was replayed on Monday and Civo were booted out by a goal to none. Master Security will now face Moyale Barracks. The round of 16 matches will be played this weekend.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) through its Competitions Committee last week ruled that the match between Civo United and Master Security Services be replayed.
The Presidential Cup play off match was abandoned and later called off following a disallowed Master Security goal in a match played few days ago at the Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
In a verdict determination released on Friday, FAM noted that the match was ended prematurely as it was only played for 28 minutes, and the time the referee Roy Williams abandoned the match, Civo was leading 1-0.
The match was stopped for 35 minutes before it was completely called off.
According to the committee, reports presented by Williams and match coordinator Pyson Likagwa, the referee contradicted himself in the report and that he was incompetent enough in officiating the game as he made inconsistent decisions.
The report also lacked substance on what led to the abandonment of the match according to the determination signed by Fam General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda.