From this season, no payment from gate collections at football matches shall be made to any officials from Fam, Sulom or club supporters involved in the gate management.
And no supporters will be allowed to be involved in the supervising and monitoring of gate management but only team officials, who will be paid by their respective clubs.
This and other strong resolutions were made at a stakeholders meeting last Saturday at the Mpira Village in Blantyre aimed at reviewing and improving the ticket and gate management system at football matches for the 2016 season including all Flames’ assignments.
In the resolutions, there will be head count for all personnel mandated to manage the gates, who will be issued with identity cards.
And to eliminate cash handling at the gates, the stakeholders agreed to embark on e-ticketing and that reconciliation of tickets will be done soon after the match.
Complimentary tickets will no longer be issued and that institutions must bear the cost of complimentary tickets.
“No more free tickets for any other individual,” the press release from Fam said. “No more free entries to supporters. Only those that are on duty will be allowed free access only upon showing duty cards and accreditation cards.”
Free entry will be accorded to participating teams — only the 30 registered players and their 10 officials while former national team players will be provided with accreditation cards.
The meeting also agreed that only Fam and Sulom will be printing tickets and that Sulom has to beef up its secretariat in administration, accounting, marketing and security.
Sulom was also mandated to review Rules and Regulations regarding the home team’s responsibility on ticketing and that Sulom and Fam must come up with tight security features on tickets.
A low profile match shall be at K500, while all ordinary matches will be at K1,000. Every derby match will cost K2,000.
Net gate collections sharing will now include a 10 percent for Players’ Welfare Fund. Ground owners will receive 25 percent, the home team 23 percent, the visiting team 23 percent, Fam 7 percent, Sulom 3 percent and Sports Council to get 5 percent.
Gate management shall be outsourced transparently.