‘Vi­o­lence has no place in foot­ball’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

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

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