PSL sum­mon Chicken Inn over FC Plat­inum tie

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Te­dious Manyepo

REIGN­ING Pre­mier­ship cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn are to­mor­row ex­pected to ap­pear be­fore the Premier Soccer League’s Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee on al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct in a match they played against lead­ers FC Plat­inum on July 23 in Bulawayo.

The Bulawayo team stands ac­cused of threat­en­ing match of­fi­cials on the day be­fore re­fus­ing to pay them the match fees.

“In terms of the Rules and Reg­u­la­tions of the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soccer League, you are al­leged to have com­mit­ted the act(s) of mis­con­duct /of­fence(s) men­tioned…on 23 July 2016 at White City Sta­dium, you al­legedly threat­ened match of­fi­cials and re­fused to pay match fees,” read part of the sum­mons for­warded to Chicken Inn by PSL.

The match ref­eree on the day Thomas Masaa men­tioned in his match re­port to the PSL that af­ter the match, Chicken Inn of­fi­cials who in­clude coach Rah­man Gumbo and sec­re­tary gen­eral Tavengwa Hara told him point blank that he along with his as­sis­tants were not go­ing to be paid their match fees al­leg­ing that they had been bribed by FC Plat­inum to in­flu­ence the out­come of the game.

Masaa fur­ther told the PSL that Hara had threat­ened him that he would use his in­flu­ence at Zifa to make sure that Masaa would not be de­ployed to pre­side over any soccer match again this sea­son.

It is al­leged that af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle Gumbo re­port­edly claimed that the ref­eree had been bribed by FC Plat­inum be­fore Hara told the of­fi­cial that as the club’s pay­mas­ter he was not in a po­si­tion to part with the match fees as an ex­pres­sion of anger on what the ref­er­ees had done dur­ing the match.

Masaa fur­ther told the PSL that striker Oba­diah Tarumbwa also in­sulted him us­ing some un­print­able words be­fore threat­en­ing to beat him up.

“Af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle, Mr Rah­man Gumbo, the Chicken Inn coach claimed that I (the ref­eree) was paid by FC Plat­inum.

“Mr Tavengwa Hara said he is pay mas­ter (of Chicken Inn) and he said he was not go­ing to pay us the match fee to show his anger which he did. He fur­ther said that, that was my last game of the sea­son as he has more pow­ers to do so as he sits on the Zifa board. He used un­print­able words which I can­not re­peat.

“Tarumbwa Oba­diah, a Chicken Inn player, said he will beat me up as he fears no one to show that he was not happy with my of­fi­ci­at­ing. His words were full of vul­gar ...” wrote Masaa to the PSL.

In terms of order 31 of the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soccer League Rules and Reg­u­la­tions;

“It is an act of mis­con­duct on the part of the club where:It’s of­fi­cials, play­ers, ser­vants or duly au­tho­rised (ex­press or im­plied) rep­re­sen­ta­tives as­sault, threaten, in­tim­i­date, co­erce, in­ter­fere, mislead, or in­sult a match of­fi­cial, player, of­fi­cial of the League, pub­lic, press or me­dia, or any other per­son, be­fore, dur­ing or af­ter any match”

Heath Streak

Rah­man Gumbo

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