Caf fine DeMbare

HARARE - Dynamos have been fined $10 000 by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Disciplinary Board after finding the Glamour Boys supporters’ unsporting behaviour.

The disciplinary measure follows Dynamos African Champions League first round second leg match against Tunisian side Club Athletic Bizertin at Rufaro Stadium in April, where despondent fans from the Vietnam stand threw missiles onto the pitch towards the end of the match.

The behaviour of the home team’s fans consequently drew the ire of the continental football governing body.

In a meeting held in Sofitel Marrakech, Morocco on April 25, the Caf Disciplinary Board arrived at their judgement.

From the inferred reports, it was established that:

“The referee of the above mentioned match reported that at the 78th minute the match was temporarily stopped due to water bottles being thrown on the pitch. After a minute of stoppage the game resumed again without any incidents.”

In reaching their verdict, the Caf Disciplinary Board chaired by South African Raymond Hack took into consideration Article 82 “Principles of Conduct” of Caf Disciplinary Code which stipulates:

“National Associations, clubs, officials and members, as well as their players, shall respect the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship.”

Article 83 “Responsibility” para 1 and 2 of Caf Disciplinary Code which stipulates:

“1. National associations, clubs and officials are responsible for ensuring that the game is not brought into disrepute in anyway whatsoever by the conduct of their players, officials, members, supporters and any other persons exercising a function at a match at the request of the association of the club.

“2. The host association or club is responsible for order and security both inside and around the stadium before, during and after the match. It is liable for incidents of any kind, and can be rendered subject to disciplinary measures.”

Article 151 para 2 “Security for organization of matches” of Caf Disciplinary Codes which stipulates:

“National associations are held responsible for the behaviour of their supporters (especially with regard to throwing missiles and invading the pitch) and auxiliary staff.”

Dynamos can contest Caf’s decision, within three days of notification, through the Caf Appeal Board upon paying the relevant deposit.

 Though Dembare won that match 1-0 they still bundled out of the African Champions League on a 3-1 aggregate.

The Zimbabwean champions had lost the first leg 3-0 in Bizerte.

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