Zim Ref­er­ees Com­mit­tee con­demns at­tacks on refs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe Ref­er­ees’ Com­mit­tee has con­demned re­cent at­tacks on match of­fi­cials, with the vice-chair­man Glad­more Muzambi urg­ing the po­lice to pro­tect their mem­bers.

ZRC hope Zifa will de­scend hard on play­ers such as Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers de­fender Lethukuthula Mathe, who as­saulted ref­eree Bekezela Makeka dur­ing his team’s 0-1 loss to Ama­ga­gasi in a South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League match on Sun­day.

Mathe went berserk and punched Makeka sev­eral times for show­ing him a red card for a crude tackle on an Ama­ga­gasi player.The at­tack was cap­tured on video and is trend­ing on so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

“It is very dis­turb­ing to see match of­fi­cials be­ing sub­jected to such abuse. As the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee, we con­demn such acts in strong terms and hope the pow­ers that be deal with these is­sues once and for all,” said Muzambi.

“I for one have seen a ref­eree dy­ing at the hands of un­ruly peo­ple. Show­man Tsuro died af­ter he was as­saulted at Ac­turus Mine Club long back. If noth­ing is done about these lat­est at­tacks on ref­er­ees, it will be bad be­cause no one will want to risk their life.” Muzambi also launched a scathing at­tack on club of­fi­cials that he al­leged were at the fore­front of ref­er­ees’ at­tacks.

“There are re­quire­ments that there should be po­lice de­tails at every game and we’re ap­peal­ing to the po­lice to be there. There is also need to em­bark on ed­u­ca­tional cam­paigns tar­get­ing play­ers and team of­fi­cials, who are set­ting a bad ex­am­ple to their play­ers and sup­port­ers. What peo­ple should also know is that ref­er­ees are hu­man be­ings and as such they make gen­uine mis­takes,” Muzambi said.

Mathe is the sec­ond player in the South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League to as­sault a ref­eree within a week af­ter Artwell Ny­oni of Tech­no­sphere re­port­edly at­tacked ref­eree Mhaka Ma­gare dur­ing his team’s 0-1 loss to Ama­ga­gasi last week.

Our Harare Bu­reau yes­ter­day re­ported that there is also an as­sault case pend­ing in the North­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League where a ref­eree was at­tacked when Mushowani Stars hosted Herentals. North­ern Re­gion boss Wil­lard Manyen­ga­vana said they were wait­ing for a po­lice re­port as the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice.

“We need to act fast and this is­sue should be re­solved be­fore the next fix­ture as it may in­con­ve­nience other teams. Re­mem­ber Herentals are in the cham­pi­onship race so de­lay­ing the rul­ing will not be fair to them and their ri­vals. We will col­lect the po­lice re­port and leave ev­ery­thing to the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee,” said Manyen­ga­vana.

The East­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League match be­tween Yadah Stars and Te­nax at Sakubva Sta­dium in Mutare was last week aban­doned af­ter 20 min­utes when the ref­eree awarded a penalty to the lat­ter. The hosts stormed off the pitch in protest.

Ugly scenes were wit­nessed at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Sun­day in a match be­tween High­landers and Ngezi Plat­inum Stars when the plat­inum min­ers’ play­ers men­ac­ingly mobbed ref­eree Phi­lani Ncube, who had awarded Bosso a late penalty. Ngezi Plat­inum play­ers con­fronted the ref­eree led by cap­tain Lib­erty Chako­roma and Washington Pakamisa and only the in­ter­ven­tion of their team­mate Pat­son Jaure prob­a­bly pre­vented them from phys­i­cally at­tack­ing the ref­eree.. — @ZililoR has vastly im­proved. He is fac­ing a com­plete fighter and he won’t stop me from get­ting that ti­tle,” said Moyo. — @ ZililoR

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