No room for vi­o­lence in foot­ball

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EDI­TOR — The chaotic scenes wit­nessed dur­ing the match be­tween Nichrut FC and Caps United FC at As­cot Sta­dium on Satur­day 28 April 2018 should be con­demned by all and sundry as it tar­nishes the im­age of do­mes­tic foot­ball.

It is wor­ri­some that many foot­ball fans are known for throw­ing mis­siles on the field of play. Why is hooli­gan­ism hog­ging lime­light at foot­ball matches?

It is an open se­cret that some big teams like Dy­namos, High­landers and Caps United have sup­port­ers known for such bar­baric and way­ward be­hav­iour.

In the world of foot­ball, the cul­ture of vi­o­lence in foot­ball matches must not be tol­er­ated, and should come to an end as there is no room for hooli­gan­ism in the world’s most beau­ti­ful game.

Those caught on wrong side of the law must face stiffer penal­ties. I urge law en­force­ment agents to deal with rowdy sup­port­ers who come to dis­turb the smooth flow of matches ev­ery time. The Pre­mier Soc­cer League dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee should go back to the draw­ing board and come up with worth­while ideas to tackle the pre­vail­ing sit­u­a­tion in the foot­ball fra­ter­nity.

Vi­o­lence doesn’t solve any­thing, but in­stead, scares away spon­sors.

As I write this piece, my heart is bleed­ing. What is the mean­ing of all this? Surely there are some teething prob­lems somewhere. Who are chiefly to blame then?

The club ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers, fans, tech­ni­cal bench and play­ers must be dis­ci­plined please. Match of­fi­cials must be fair, and avoid con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to in­flu­ence the out­come of matches.

They should take bribes be­cause cer­tain teams have gained the no­to­ri­ety of pass­ing khaki en­velopes to ref­er­ees.

Foot­ball must be won on the field of play, not in board­room. At the end of the day the best team should win. Pe­riod!

Big-headed and emo­tion­ally flammable foot­ball fans should not set their legs at match venues; we en­cour­age them to stay at their homes than to wreak havoc when re­sults go against them.

Foot­ball fans should be­have like hu­man be­ing not like mon­keys or ba­boons.

Foot­ball is there to unite and to un­nec­es­sar­ily di­vide us.

We are one fam­ily and the whole soc­cer fra­ter­nity agrees with me that hurt­ing and hat­ing each other be­cause of foot­ball both parochial and prim­i­tive.

We want the PSL brand to grow and be more com­pet­i­tive. We can­not grow and bet­ter it with­out dis­ci­pline. The 2018 PSL should be lu­cra­tive; the beau­ti­ful game should not be marred with de­lib­er­ate chaos, please! We must in­tro­spect and be ma­tured. Ter­rence Mwedzi, Os­borne Dam, Mu­tasa.

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