CAPS, Zvirekwi fined

HARARE - CAPS United star Hardlife Zvirekwi has been found guilty of pouring urine on the Buffaloes bench during a contentious Castle Premiership match at Gwanzura Stadium back in April.

Zvirekwi has been ordered to pay $2 500 fine of which $500 has been suspended for the rest of the season on condition he is not convicted of any offence.

“The Buffaloes Football Club Secretary alleges that ‘before the resumption of the second 45 minutes, the Caps United FC Players led by Mr Hardlife Zvirekwi were the first to return to the pitch. At this juncture, Mr Zvirekwi and a sizable number of other Caps United FC players were each holding in their hands some plastic bottles that contained some golden liquid that none of the players was drinking,” read a statement from the PSL last night.

“Mr Hardlife Zvirekwi and some Caps United players unsportingly proceeded to the Buffaloes dug out and poured the golden brown liquid on the bucket seats as well as on the ground in and around the Buffaloes dug out and goal areas.”

In his defence, Zvirekwi denied all the allegations, stating that on the day of the match, he started on the substitutes bench and was only told by his coach to start warming up
towards the end of the first half as he was to be used as a second half substitute.

Meanwhile, CAPS were also fined $1 750 for the crowd trouble that ensued during that same match.

An amount of $250 has been suspended from that fine on the condition that the Green Machine is not convicted of any more crowd trouble for the rest of the season.

“The allegations being that on returning from the half time talk, the Buffaloes Coach, Mr Luke Masomere, the substitute players and other members of the technical team could not take their seats on the wet bucket seats which they said smelt of urine,” read a statement from the PSL yesterday.

“The players had to sit on the grass whilst Mr Masomere had to sit on any empty hard plastic crate.

“The Buffaloes goalkeeper was also unsportingly abused during the match by some errant Caps United fans without restraint at the southern end who also threw at him some plastic bottles containing urine.

“Further the match Commissioner Mr T. Chipere states that in the 86th minute, when the ball had gone out of play, for a goal kick in favour of Buffaloes Football Club, rowdy  CAPS United Football Club fans, on the Southern stand, behind the Buffaloes FC`s  goal, threw missiles on the field of towards Buffaloes Football Club goalkeeper, Blessing Mwandimutsira.”

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