Ring­leader ar­rested, 4 ques­tioned over B/F vi­o­lence

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ONE per­son has been ar­rested while four oth­ers have been picked up for ques­tion­ing in con­nec­tion with skir­mishes that erupted at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo on Sun­day.

The vi­o­lence started at the end of a Premier­ship match, a 1-1 stale­mate, pit­ting High­landers FC and Chicken Inn.

Po­lice have cas­ti­gated the un­ruly be­hav­iour of some fans say­ing hooli­gan­ism will never be tol­er­ated.

Act­ing Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube said po­lice are still con­duct­ing dis­tur­bances.

“One per­son has been ar­rested while four oth­ers have been picked up for ques­tion­ing. The one who was ar­rested has been se­ri­ously linked to the vi­o­lence that oc­curred. He is the one who first in­vaded the pitch after the match, re­sult­ing in the vi­o­lence,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

Po­lice could not im­me­di­ately re­lease the name of the sus­pect or the other four who were be­ing ques­tioned.

The vi­o­lence was cap­tured by so­cial me­dia users who posted videos and pic­tures on­line.

In one of the videos, po­lice of­fi­cers are seen re­treat­ing from charg­ing hooli­gans who are car­ry­ing all sorts of weapons. in­ves­ti­ga­tions fol­low­ing the

In another one, an uniden­ti­fied man is seen sav­agely as­sault­ing a po­lice­man us­ing a po­lice shield.

In the video, the po­lice of­fi­cer is hap­lessly ly­ing on the ground with one of his shoes re­moved.

Some mem­bers of the pub­lic were spec­u­lat­ing that the po­lice of­fi­cer could have been killed.

How­ever, Asst Insp Ncube said the of­fi­cer was re­cov­er­ing and is in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

He said po­lice were con­cerned about acts of hooli­gan­ism.

“We’re wor­ried about hooli­gan­ism at soc­cer matches. Peo­ple should learn to re­strain them­selves so that oth­ers can be in a po­si­tion to bring their fam­i­lies to matches.

“They should leave those as­signed with the match task to do their job,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

The may­hem was ap­par­ently trig­gered by 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. — @nqot­shili. See Com­ment on Page 4

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