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Chiefs penalised for fan-trouble: Lessons for Zim PSL

[Posted 05 Oct 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Kaizer Chiefs receive punishment from PSL for fan trouble

Kaizer Chiefs Fotball club was last night hauled against the Premier Soccer League's disciplinary committee to face charges of spectator disturbances, and were fortunate to walk away with a wholly suspended sentence, but still will have to pay costs of the hearing and serve some punishment.

PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu decided to charge Amakhosi following disturbing scenes caused by fans following Chiefs' loss to Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates in the second-leg of the MTN8 Cup semi-final at the FNB Stadium on 26 September.

During the match, Chiefs fans threw missiles onto the pitch in the form of vuvuzelas and an over-size cabbage. The fans were infuriated by the decisions of referee Jerome Damon as the game wore on. Angered by their team's indifferent form on the day, the fans vented their frustrations at the referee.

Chiefs pleaded guilty to all the charges of bringing the game of footabll into disrepute.

The Amakhosi  were fined R500 000, wholly suspended for 12 months. They were also ordered to pay the costs of the sitting amounting to R21 000.

In addition to the above, Kaizer Motaung, Chiefs owner and Chairperson will have to address a press conference together with PSL Prosecutor Zola Majavu where he will condemn and denounce violence at PSL matches by his club's supporters.

As per the PSL ruling last night, the press conference will have to be arranged within the next fortnight.

Stung by the recent orgy of violence at matches, Chiefs security personnel have started the process of identifying the culprits with the view of referring them to law enforcement agents for prosecution.

There have been similar violence at soccer matches involving Zimbabwean soccer giants Highlanders and Dynamos. Two recent matches involving the two firce rivals have had to be abandoned due to fan trouble.

In August, a Dynamos/Highlanders BancABC Super8 semi-final tie at Barbourfields had to be called off following fan trouble. Highlanders decided to approach the High Court to reverse the decision of the PSL disciplinary committee to award the match to Dynamos

On 26 September, similar incidents were witnessed at the same venue from the same fans, but this time in a PSL match. Dynamos had taken a late lead (in extra time). This did not go down well with Bosso fans who responded with violent acts in the stadium.  

The Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League management ought to put its foot down on ill-discipline among its affilliates, beginning with the worst troubled spot in the country at the moment, Barbourfields Stadium.

Discipline is as vital to any sporting discipline as breathing is to life.

FIFA reckons the value of discipline to soccer  and only this week led by example by banning Nigeria from all footballing competitions just for the mere fact that the Nigerian governnment has interferred with the running of the soccer game in the country.


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