Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

A po­lice­man was in­jured dur­ing vi­o­lent skir­mishes that broke out at the end of yes­ter­day’s Bu­l­awayo derby in­volv­ing High­landers and Chicken Inn at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium.

The po­lice were forced to tem­po­rar­ily re­treat to safety as ma­raud­ing fans in­vaded the pitch and at­tacked them, ap­par­ently in anger fol­low­ing the ar­rest and man­han­dling of a fan from the Soweto stand by the po­lice.

The hooli­gan had been ar­rested for throw­ing mis­siles onto the pitch and po­lice set a dog on him while beat­ing him with trun­cheons at the same time.

Some fans tried to res­cue him and all hell broke loose.

The few po­lice de­tails were clearly los­ing the battle and started re­treat­ing to safety to­wards the VIP area, as fans closed in on them.

The cops kept their dis­tance and al­lowed tem­pers to cool down.

The of­fi­cer-in-charge of Bu­l­awayo West Dis­trict Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Mthokozisi Manzini-Moyo said the in­jured of­fi­cer was out of dan­ger and said some ar­rests had been made.

“The of­fi­cer re­ceived a cut on his head and was at­tended to. No se­ri­ous in­juries were re­ported de­spite the skir­mishes. We have made some ar­rests and are still con­tin­u­ing with our in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said Manzini-Moyo.

A Good Sa­mar­i­tan at­tends to an in­jured po­lice of­fifi cer at Bar­bour­fi­fields Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day

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