Bosso, Shabanie summoned

HARARE - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has summoned Shabanie Mine and Highlanders after crowd trouble marred the two clubs’ season-opening match at Maglas Stadium last Thursday.

Referee Masakadza Makonese had to stop play for over 20 minutes after missiles rained from the terraces when he booked Bosso forward Knox Mtizwa for diving inside the box.

Highlanders went on to win the match 2-0 but trouble continue after the final whistle as both sets of fans stoned each other.

Bosso and Shabanie are expected to appear before the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee on April 9.

PSL CEO Kenny Ndebele yesterday wrote to the two clubs citing the match reports from Makonese and match commissioner Japhet Mfiri.

Both Makonese and Mfiri concur that Bosso supporters instigated the violence that rocked Maglas while the Chinda Boys fans reciprocated.

Mfiri wrote: “Trouble started in the 21st minute of the game with the scoreline still nil all. The referee stopped play and correctly cautioned and showed the yellow card to Highlanders' player number 18 (Knox Mutizwa) for Unsporting Behaviour as provided for under Law 12 Cautionable Offences bullet point number 1 on page 38 and interpreted in bullet point number 6 on page 119 of the same laws.

“The player had dived in the penalty area in an attempt to deceive the referee by pretending to have been fouled. The Highlanders supporters in the western bay south of the VIP stand started pelting the 1st Assistant Referee with stones and a steel coated pipe. At about the same time the Highlanders supporters in the eastern stand also threw stone missiles at the 2nd Assistant Referee.

“When the Referee blew to end the match, the Highlanders fans in the eastern bay threw stones at the 2nd Assistant and one of them hit him on the thigh. Outside the stadium the fans of the two clubs were busy stoning each other.”  

According to Makonese’s report, police details at the venue had to go back to the station to collect ‘appropriate equipment’ in order to control the feisty crowd.

“The Match Commissioner informed the police leader to assist in restoring sanity who in turn responded by telling the match commissioner to let me wait resume the match because the police details present had no protective equipment,” wrote Makonese.

“Those equipped were outside the stadium attending to some disturbances. Some police officers were reported to have been sent to the station to collect the appropriate equipment.

“We resumed the match after the arrival of heavily-equipped police details with shields after a stoppage of 24 minutes.” - Sports Writer

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