Bosso fan fined for pitch in­va­sion

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A HIGH­LANDERS Foot­ball Club fan who sparked skir­mishes at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo when he in­vaded the pitch re­cently, has been fined $20.

The vi­o­lence started at the end of a pre­mier­ship match, a 1-1 stale­mate, pit­ting High­landers FC and Chicken Inn.

Never Nx­u­malo (25) of Njube sub­urb was convicted of caus­ing dis­or­der in a public place by Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mrs Ade­laide Mbeure.

In pass­ing sen­tence, the mag­is­trate said the of­fence was un­jus­ti­fied and least ex­pected in a public place.

“The of­fence com­mit­ted is un­jus­ti­fied. You be­haved in a dis­or­derly man­ner in a public place where the ex­pec­ta­tion is that mem­bers of the public should con­duct them­selves in an or­derly man­ner rather than caus­ing un­nec­es­sary chaos,” said Mrs Mbeure.

She said a jail term would be too harsh con­sid­er­ing the of­fence. “A fine would be ap­pro­pri­ate in the cir­cum­stances,” ruled Mrs Mbeure.

Prose­cut­ing, Miss Caro­line Matanga said on Au­gust 14 shortly af­ter 4.45PM, Nx­u­malo un­law­fully en­tered the pitch af­ter the match.

The court heard that As­sis­tant Velile Zele and Con­sta­ble Em­manuel Taruvinga ap­pre­hended Nx­u­malo who was try­ing to re­sist ar­rest, spark­ing out­rage from other High­landers fans.

Hooli­gans started throw­ing mis­siles at the two cops be­fore they in­vaded the pitch.

Po­lice set a dog on the rowdy fans while beat­ing them with trun­cheons at the same time.

“When As­sis­tant Zele and Con­sta­ble Taruvinga ar­rested Nx­u­malo, High­landers fans started throw­ing mis­siles which were di­rected at the two po­lice of­fi­cers be­fore they in­vaded the pitch and en­gaged in acts of vi­o­lence,” said Miss Matanga. — @mash­nets

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