Byo City charged after of­fi­cial ha­rasses ref­eree

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

BU­L­AWAYO City FC will be charged after their of­fi­cial stormed the pitch and charged at the ref­eree in the mu­nic­i­pal club’s 3-1 win over ZPC Kariba at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Sun­day.

City’s li­ai­son of­fi­cer Ed­die Chivero con­fronted Gweru-based ref­eree Thomas Masaa after the match and re­port­edly queried his team’s spurned penalty ap­peal.

Masaa, who had a good game, booked a City striker for sim­u­la­tion in the sec­ond half, a de­ci­sion that Chivero felt was harsh as the player ap­peared to have been pushed as he went for the kill.

“Chivero only went there to con­grat­u­late the ref­eree for han­dling the game well and in the process asked about that de­ci­sion and that is when all hell broke loose.

“Chivero claims the ref­eree in­sulted him and the mat­ter ended up be­ing re­solved at the po­lice sta­tion where Masaa paid a $10 fine,” said the source.

Chivero could not be reached for com­ment, while City chair­man Jerry Sibanda was said to be in meet­ings.

City are likely to face mis­con­duct charges un­der the league’s rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Part of Ar­ti­cle 31 of the PSL rules and reg­u­la­tions states that a club faces pun­ish­ment if “it fails to pro­tect match of­fi­cials against acts, at­tempted acts of vi­o­lence or any other form of abuse be­fore, dur­ing or after the match”.

PSL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kennedy Nde­bele said they would act after get­ting the match of­fi­cials’ re­ports.

“I haven’t seen the ref­eree and match com­mis­sioner’s re­ports as I’m in Ngezi plan­ning for Satur­day’s Chibuku Super Cup fi­nal be­tween Ngezi Plat­inum Stars and FC Plat­inum.

“If the ref­eree and match of­fi­cials high­lighted in their re­ports acts of mis­con­duct, then we are go­ing to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion against those men­tioned. It’s ei­ther they will be sum­moned for a hear­ing or made to pay a fine,” Nde­bele said.

Ed­die Chivero

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