Clubs agree to tackle hooliganism

HARARE - Zimbabwean top-flight clubs have agreed to join hands in curbing hooliganism as violence threatens to mar the upcoming new season.

The 16 Castle Premiership clubs met for the league’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday and debated measures to discourage eradicate violence following the crowd trouble that marred last month’s Bob89 Challenge match between Highlanders and Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium.   

A number of fans and innocent bystanders were left injured after the disturbances. Police made nine arrests.

At the AGM, club representatives agreed that violence drives away fans and potential sponsors. According to one of the resolutions, the clubs said the PSL should organise a seminar for the clubs security officers and marshals.

This will help equip them with knowledge on crowd management.

The clubs also agreed to come up with further initiatives to combat hooliganism and ensure that all the league matches are family events and violence free.

Another subject discussed at length was SuperSport’s broadcast deal with the PSL.

Most clubs felt they were sidelined and were not consulted when the league chiefs negotiated terms with the South African pay satellite sports channel.

SuperSport will this year screen a total of 60 matches from the Castle Premiership after having been impressed with the trial runs they did last year.

The PSL will sometime this month, before the start of the season, call for a meeting where all the details of the SuperSport deal will be made public.

There was a concern from SuperSport that some of the stadia in the country are not television friendly.

Each stadium must pass a test so that it meets with the requirements of the broadcaster for it to host a match that will be screened on the satellite channel.

The PSL clubs also resolved to approach Zifa to see if some common ground can be reached on levies payable to the federation and other stakeholders.

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