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Highlanders Fined $4,000, Dynamos Awarded 3 Points for Abandoned BF Game

  • Gibbs Dube

Highlanders Football Club have been fined $4,000 following the abandonment of a match against Dynamos a few weeks ago after fans invaded Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo when Dembare equalized just before half time.

The Premier Soccer League disciplinary committee also awarded the game to Dynamos on a 3-0 scoreline.

The match was stopped in the 40th minute when Dynamos striker, Christian Epoupa, scored from what looked like an offside position. Highlanders supporters attacked assistant referee, Thomas Kusosa, for allowing the goal. Missiles rained on the field of play, resulting in the abandonment of the game.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) claimed that Highlanders breached some soccer rules and regulations.

Highlanders acting chairman Modern Ngwenya pleads with second assistant referee Thomas Kusosa to return to the touchline after the match official was pelted with missiles.
Highlanders acting chairman Modern Ngwenya pleads with second assistant referee Thomas Kusosa to return to the touchline after the match official was pelted with missiles.

In a letter sent to the club before the jugdement was made, the PSL said, “In terms of order 31 of the Castle Lager Premier League Rules and Regulations, it is an Act of Misconduct on the part of the club where … its supporters misbehave in any manner whatsoever, inside and outside a ground before, during or after a match, no matter on which ground the match is played ...”

The soccer body noted that some acts of misbehavior included the “invasion or attempted invasion of the field of play, save for the reasons of crowd safety … Causing abandonment or attempting to cause the abandonment of a match.

"… Throwing or attempting to throw missiles, bottled and other objects, whether potentially harmful or dangerous or not, onto the pitch or any person.”

It said the supporters’ behavior amounted to “acts of violence or attempted acts of violence …”

Bosso, as Highlanders are affectionately known among their fans, have another pending case of flouting PSL regulations following a similar incident when the club clashed against FC Platinum last week.

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