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Zambian fans get political ban

By Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa (file photo)
Zambians vote for a new president after the death of Levy Mwanawasa

The Football Association of Zambia (Faz) has warned clubs and fans against showing political affiliations at league games ahead of the presidential election.

Zambia goes to the polls on 30 October to elect a new president.

Following the death of the country's president and Faz patron Levy Mwanawasa last month.

Although clubs are not known for their support of particular political parties, football fans do often show their support for their preferred candidates.

They wear attire associated with parties of their choice.

Faz says matches should not be used for political purposes as they say it is against Fifa rules and regulations.

"We would like to advise our clubs and their affiliates not to allow football to be used for political purposes especially during this period leading up to the 30 October presidential elections," said Faz communications manager Erick Mwanza.

"In that regard, Faz would like to offer the following guidance and advice and direct all clubs in the Premier League not to grant access to any football match to any individual or group of individuals clad in political attire.

"This, the clubs must adhere to strictly - T-shirts, caps and any other political attire have no place in any stadium or playing ground because football cuts across all political parties, ideologies and beliefs."

see also
Zambian league to resume
12 Sep 08 |  African
Zambia beat Togo to top group
10 Sep 08 |  African
Levy Mwanawasa buried in Zambia
03 Sep 08 |  Africa
Zambia league mourns President
20 Aug 08 |  African

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