Football Association of Zambia has appealed to fans to be at their best behaviour to avoid sanctions by Fifa during international matches.
In a statement issued yesterday by FAZ Communications Manager, Desmond Katongo, the Association expressed the desire to see fans at their best behavior during international matches.
FIFA dished out a $7,200 fine to the football Association of Zambia after its fans threw objects onto the pitch during the 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Zambia and Algeria at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on 2nd September, 2017.
“While we appreciate the support that the fans continue to render to the team it is our hope that this support is kept within the confines of the law and within the rules of the game that ride on Fair Play.
“FAZ wishes to appeal to fans across the country to desist from behaviour that puts the name of the game into disrepute or cause damage to property and loss of life.
“Yes I can confirm that we have been fined by FIFA. We have been fined because some of our fans started throwing water bottles onto the pitch when Zambia scored the third goal.
We have often advised our supporters to show exemplary behaviour whenever the federation is hosting international games. Instead of us investing the little resources we have in developmental initiatives, we are now paying fines as result of what transpired,” said Katongo.
The FAZ Spokesperson further appealed to soccer fans to embrace the spirit of fair play during and after games.