Zifa Appeals Committee ruling is farcial

HARARE - The decision by the Zifa Appeals Committee to award Dynamos three points which had been nullified by the PSL following the assault of Hwange coaches by thugs affiliated to the champions is sad for football.

This is a missed opportunity by those governing our football to send a strong warning against hooliganism, violence and thuggery in football.

And the timing of such a decision is really touching as it is suspicious.

We find it flabbergasting that the Zifa Appeals Committee can uphold other disciplinary measures meted on Dynamos except the result, which formed the basis of the sitting by the PSL Disciplinary Committee.

Hwange successfully lodged an appeal against their 2-4 defeat to Dynamos after Dembare thugs assaulted their coaches — Nation Dube and Mabelo Njekwa — who were forced to sit out the match after being taken to hospital.

 The PSL Disciplinary Committee found the circumstances compelling and nullified the result and ordered a replay at a neutral venue.

It also fined Dynamos for the conduct of their marshals whom they banned from football-related activities for life.

This was a symbolic ruling and a first in Zimbabwe that such punishment had been meted on football fans or officials.

This is why the Zifa Appeals Committee decision to overturn the PSL Disciplinary Committee ruling should be dismissed as farcical.

How can it, on one hand accept that the thugs life ban was appropriate yet on the other hand dismiss that the assault of the coaches by the same thugs had no bearing on the results on the field?

This is baloney!

There are so many examples in the world where matches have either been cancelled or results nullified and replays ordered either when match officials were attacked or players.

Fifa, were ready to disqualify co-hosts Ukraine and Poland during the 2012 Euro soccer tournament if their fans abused black players from participating teams.

Maverick Italy and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli even threatened to walk off the pitch if he was racially-abused.

Egypt, who beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in 1993, during a World Cup qualifier in Cairo, had their result overturned after Warriors coach Reinhard Fabisch was hit by a missile.

A replay was ordered in Lyon, France.

Why then should Zifa Appeals Committee argue that the Dynamos result should stand and that the assault on the coaches did not in any way affect the performance of the players on the field of play?

Dynamos are now atop as a result of this judgment.

Bosso, who have not lost in 20 league matches, are now second because of an inferior goal tally.

And if Highlanders lose the title they will point to this Zifa Appeals Committee decision.

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