Fuz VP: Fans re­spect our play­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Paul Mun­dandi Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

FOOT­BALLERS Union of Zim­babwe (Fuz) vi­cepres­i­dent Her­bert Dick has voiced his con­cern over vi­o­lent dis­tur­bances that en­gulfed Bar­bour­fields last Sun­day, say­ing fans must show play­ers more re­spect.

“We have never been to the fans’ work­places to throw stones, sing deroga­tory songs and fight the po­lice to cause any sort of trou­ble. “We re­spect them so they must do the same. “When they come to sta­di­ums, which are our work­places, they have no right to en­ter the pitch and nei­ther do they have the right to throw mis­siles into our work­place,” said Dick.

“I feel fans lack re­spect for our work. We do not con­done what hap­pened at Bar­bour­fields and it was very un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent.

“We do not know the mo­tives of some fans and the for­tu­nate thing is that none of our play­ers were in­jured,” he said.

Dick said most play­ers are not in­sured and it would be a tragedy if they suf­fered per­ma­nent in­jury dur­ing such dis­tur­bances.

“They are the same fans that laugh at us again say­ing foot­ballers are reck­less with earn­ings when things get tough for us.

“I will not teach any­one to sup­port, but they must try to watch games from other coun­tries and see how foot­ball is sup­ported.

“In South Africa you do not see po­lice of­fi­cers on the pitch, there will be mar­shals and they are well re­spected.

“All who took part in the vi­o­lence should be jailed and banned from foot­ball. I, how­ever, feel that it could have been a grudge be­tween kombi driv­ers, touts and the po­lice.

“I do not think gen­uine High­landers fans would do that,” Dick said. He also took a swipe at some clubs for not re­spect­ing Fuz.

“We are not al­lowed en­try into sta­di­ums, but we are the own­ers of the game. We only en­counter this prob­lem with Bu­l­awayo teams.

The PSL has been promis­ing to give us ac­cess cards, but the sea­son is about to end and we are yet to re­ceive them.

“I just want to re­mind peo­ple that we de­serve re­spect, it’s our game. We are the own­ers and we are sur­prised when some take us as en­e­mies.

We are just here to fight for the rights of play­ers.”

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