Match com­mis­sioner’s re­port rid­dled with er­rors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

the sup­port­ers then in­vaded the pitch throw­ing more mis­siles even at the po­lice. Some sup­port­ers from the East­ern stand joined in the pan­de­mo­nium forc­ing the po­lice to re­treat to the tun­nels de­spite us­ing dogs to scare away spec­ta­tors. I saw one po­lice of­fi­cer ly­ing on his back be­ing at­tended to near the tun­nel lead­ing to the away team’s dress­ing rooms,” wrote the match com­mis­sioner.

Pitch in­va­sion or mis­sile throw­ing car­ries a $2 000 fine. This could fur­ther poke more holes in High­landers’ empty cof­fers as the club is al­ready heav­ily weighed down by a bal­loon­ing debt of over half a mil­lion dol­lars. — @ skhu­moyo2000 A MATCH com­mis­sioner, whose re­port is the ba­sis of the Premier Soc­cer League charg­ing High­landers over dis­tur­bances that oc­curred af­ter the end of a league match against Chicken Inn ap­pears to have a poor un­der­stand­ing of ge­og­ra­phy.

Nel­son Ku­sosa, the match com­mis­sioner on the day, wrote in his re­port to the PSL that “con­fu­sion then emerged as High­landers’ play­ers con­fronted the as­sis­tant ref­eree de­mand­ing that he should have sig­nalled for off­side. Mean­while, the Chicken Inn play­ers con­fronted the ref­eree pre­sum­ably for end­ing the game when their team was in a very good scor­ing po­si­tion”.

“Sup­port­ers from the South­ern/Soweto stand and mainly in High­landers colours started throw­ing mis­siles onto the pitch. As the po­lice moved in to try and con­trol the sit­u­a­tion, more mis­siles were thrown and the sup­port­ers then in­vaded the pitch throw­ing more mis­siles even at the po­lice. Some sup­port­ers from the East­ern stand joined in the pan­de­mo­nium forc­ing the po­lice to re­treat to the tun­nels de­spite us­ing dogs to scare away spec­ta­tors.”

How­ever, the Soweto stand, which High­landers’ sup­port­ers favour, is on the western side of the sta­dium, not south as Ku­sosa’s re­port in­di­cates.

An­other pre­dom­i­nantly Bosso fans’ stand that Ku­sosa refers to as the east­ern stand, is ac­tu­ally the south­ern stand, pop­u­larly known as Em­pankweni. The east­ern stand is the Mpilo End where vis­it­ing teams’ sup­port­ers sit and there was no pitch in­va­sion from that di­rec­tion. — @skhu­moyo2000

The match of­fi­cials who han­dled the High­landers, Chicken Inn match

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