‘Violence has no place in football’
THE Castle Lager Premier Soccer League has urged football fans to help law enforcement agents by identifying and reporting bad elements that bring the game of football into disrepute during matches.
The police have also been challenged to arrest and ensure such malcontents are prosecuted.
In a statement condemning violence and hooliganism that erupted soon after the match between Highlanders and Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday, PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele said violence and hooliganism had no place in football.
He said such behaviour may fracture working relationships within and among football stakeholders.
“Fans should enjoy the game in a peaceful manner. The PSL would like to appeal to the law enforcement agents to arrest all the perpetrators of violence at football matches. Many a time we hear of the arrests of hooligans after football matches, but we have not heard of the prosecution of the same offenders,” said Ndebele.
He called upon the police to conduct thorough searches of all fans before every match to ensure that no harmful objects are brought into the football stadia.
He also appealed to the media and public to desist from abusing cyber space by using online images and deliberately falsifying such images’ captions.
“Such acts may culminate in unnecessary despondency and tension within the football fraternity,” said Ndebele.
Highlanders, as the home team, would be charged in terms of Order 31.1.13 of the PSL Rules and Regulations for the behaviour of the fans.
Bosso are almost certain to be fined $2 000 or more if they have other suspended fines.
The money is deducted from the season’s prize money.
Fans invade the pitch at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele