Soc­cer ‘hooli­gan’ re­manded out of custody

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Court Re­porter

A HIGH­LANDERS Foot­ball Club fan sus­pected to be the ring leader in skir­mishes that erupted at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo on Sun­day, ap­peared in court yes­ter­day.

A po­lice of­fi­cer was bru­talised in the fra­cas and car­ried away in an am­bu­lance.

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

Never Nx­u­malo (25) of Njube sub­urb ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mrs Ade­laide Mbeure fac­ing charges of caus­ing dis­or­der in a pub­lic place.

Nx­u­malo, who was clad in an over­all em­bla­zoned with High­landers colours, was re­manded out of custody to Au­gust 22 pend­ing trial on $20 bail.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Caro­line Matanga said on Au­gust 14, 2016 shortly af­ter 4.45PM, Nx­u­malo un­law­fully en­tered the pitch af­ter the match.

The court heard that As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Velile Zele and Con­sta­ble Emmanuel Taruvinga ap­pre­hended Nx­u­malo who was try­ing to re­sist ar­rest, spark­ing out­rage from other High­landers fans.

The hooli­gans started throw­ing mis­siles at the two cops be­fore they in­vaded the pitch and po­lice set a dog on the rowdy fans while beat­ing them with trun­cheons.

“When As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Zele and Con­sta­ble Taruvinga ar­rested Nx­u­malo, High­landers fans started throw­ing mis­siles which were di­rected at the two po­lice of­fi­cers be­fore they in­vaded the pitch and en­gaged in acts of vi­o­lence,” said Miss Matanga.

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 armed with sticks, bot­tles and bricks.

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 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.

Never Nx­u­malo

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