Po­lice ar­rest Bar­bour­fields pitch in­vader

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PO­LICE have ar­rested a 33-year-old man from Bu­l­awayo’s North End sub­urb who in­vaded the pitch at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium dur­ing a soc­cer match be­tween High­landers and How Mine on Sun­day. The match ended 2-0 in favour of High­landers. Po­lice said they first cau­tioned Tendai Donga, an em­ployee of Archer Cloth­ing, af­ter he climbed over a pre­cast wall to gain en­trance into the sta­dium with­out pay­ing.

He was later ar­rested for in­vad­ing the pitch af­ter Bosso scored their first goal.

Act­ing Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube yes­ter­day said the be­hav­iour ex­hib­ited by Donga has fu­elled hooli­gan­ism in sta­dia be­fore and will not be tol­er­ated.

“We ar­rested him be­fore the match started af­ter he jumped over a pre­cast wall to gain en­trance into the sta­dium. Alert of­fi­cers ar­rested him and re­moved him from the sta­dium,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

He said Donga man­aged to re-en­ter the sta­dium af­ter pay­ing. “When High­landers scored their penalty, he in­vaded the pitch and ran across the field. He was ar­rested and we noted that he was the same per­son that we had cau­tioned and re­leased. We ar­rested him. He is de­tained at Bar­bour­fields Po­lice Base and will be taken to court soon,” he said.

Asst Insp Ncube said it was wor­ry­ing that peo­ple pur­port­ing to be soc­cer fans con­tin­u­ously defy orders from law en­force­ment agents.

He said po­lice were wor­ried that re­spected mem­bers of so­ci­ety who are gain­fully em­ployed were tar­nish­ing their im­ages by be­ing in­volved in acts of hooli­gan­ism at soc­cer matches. “He is em­ployed at Archer Cloth­ing as a printer yet his con­duct is so de­plorable. We’ve con­tin­u­ously urged the public against in­vad­ing the soc­cer field. Be­fore the match started I pleaded with soc­cer fans not to in­vade the pitch but he went on to run across the field,” Asst Insp Ncube said.

He said clubs are fined $2 000 if fans in­vade the pitch and Donga could have cost High­landers as they are likely to be charged for his ac­tions.

The in­ci­dent fol­lows an­other act of hooli­gan­ism in­volv­ing High­landers as fans ran onto the pitch in a match against Chicken Inn FC.

On the day po­lice ar­rested Never Nx­u­malo for in­vad­ing the pitch re­sult­ing in chaos. He has since ap­peared in court and is out on bail.

The vi­o­lence that oc­curred dur­ing the High­landers and Chicken Inn match also saw a po­lice of­fi­cer be­ing bru­tally as­saulted with his ser­vice shield.

Mean­while, po­lice have warned mem­bers of the public that any­one found with danger­ous weapons that are banned will be ar­rested.

Asst Insp Ncube said po­lice will in­ten­sify stop and search pa­trols to en­sure that res­i­dents ad­here to the pro­hi­bi­tion.

He said of­fi­cers com­mand­ing Nku­lumane, Sub­ur­ban and Bu­l­awayo Cen­tral Po­lice Dis­tricts an­nounced the new devel­op­ment.

Weapons such as cat­a­pults, knives, knobker­ries, ma­chetes, dag­gers among other danger­ous weapons have been banned ef­fec­tive Au­gust 23 to Septem­ber 23. — @nqot­shili

Tendai Donga

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