'Barbourfields now a war zone'

HARARE - Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs have spoken out against the escalating scenes of violence at Barbourfields Stadium calling for responsible authorities to invoke appropriate disciplinary measures to deter hooliganism.

Highlanders supporters turned riotous during the Bob 91 Super Cup semi-final tie against CAPS United on Sunday something which has become normal every time their team loses at home.

Several CAPS United fans were injured while others had to flee the violence that erupted during and after the match.

Most PSL clubs that spoke to the Daily News yesterday said the situation at Barbourfields is getting out of hand and they now fear travelling to Bulawayo to face Bosso.

Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa said: "We have said it before that Highlanders should be given harsh punishment for the behaviour of their fans.

"Why always them? We lost to CAPS United last weekend but there was no violence. I think the PSL should do something about this..

"It's getting out of hand now and something urgent needs to be done.

"The PSL should stamp their authority. We fear for our welfare because we don't know how they are going to treat us when we go there. Maybe they should not be allowed to play at home."

Mubaiwa, who last year threatened not to play at Barbourfields citing the same issues added: "If you win at BF it's an issue. This is no longer football maybe they should now try their luck in boxing.

"They are chasing away sponsors with their unruly behaviour. I think this is an issue which needs to be dealt with as soon as possible."

CAPS United chief executive Joe Makuvire said violence has no place in football and has urged the PSL to stop the violence.

"Football should be played in a friendly atmosphere," he said.

"Violence should not be tolerated. People should know that football is just a game. It's bad because at the end of the day people are injured for no reason. I am sure the authorities will work to bring sanity." FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo said: "We would like to believe that the PSL are working towards making BF a better stadium. It's unfortunate that this is happening in football. This has no place in football."

Highlanders chief executive Ndumiso Gumede however, blamed Sunday's violence on new CAPS United striker Roderick Mutuma for inciting the fans.

"Unfortunately, I was not at the stadium but the official position is that we do not support violence as it affects the club financially," he said.

"It also chases away potential sponsors. Nobody wants to be associated with such acts. But it is unto the authorities to act as they do oversees when a player acts in a manner meant to provoke fans.

"The player should be disciplined. I am told a former Dynamos player (Roderick Mutuma) made a gesture to Bosso fans at the Soweto end.

"Referees should put that in their report so that the authorities should act. We can't stand and watch unruly elements take control of our game."

Gumede added: "This culture of violence is not peculiar to Highlanders only, this is a national problem."

Comments (23)

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simbarashe mujekwa - 3 March 2015

Gumede should stop looking for a scapegoat. As long as he defends Highlanders supporters' violents, they will never stop attacking opposing supporters.

Sir. Jephy - 3 March 2015

Ko zvekuti ""former dynamos player" zvabvepi?

JONMUN - 3 March 2015

what do you expect from ndebeles beside violence. only that ndebele take gukurahundi issue every where kubhora, mumakombi, etc

mundex - 3 March 2015

Let us not be too personal about the whole incident.I commend some officials who have given the task to authorities to try and stamp down the unruly behavior country wide.Yes we need that done by yesterday and not an official who will recommends a team to be given gloves for boxing.That shows how shallow our capacity of thinking can go.go. Zifa work on that for the good of our soccer in our country.We love sport and football is our food.We want to have peace to an extent that we can go to watch soccer with our babies.

tom - 3 March 2015

@mundex Uuuuum, ndinobvumirana newe, I observed the same. To some extent Im somehow inclined to those who orchestrated...., they left a lasting impression otherwise these guys dont have a place in a civilised society.

kitsi - 3 March 2015

gumede you sound stupid your team had a good game but failed to score and then the hooligans you call your supporters started what your tribe know best ie violence.your problem at hilanders is that you think you are special and cant be beaten .even in south African whre yu guys came from there is no such hooliganism during matches.makazviwanepi izvi

tryson chimbetu - 3 March 2015

gumede you sound stupid your team had a good game but failed to score and then the hooligans you call your supporters started what your tribe know best ie violence.your problem at hilanders is that you think you are special and cant be beaten .even in south African whre yu guys came from there is no such hooliganism during matches.makazviwanepi izvi

tryson chimbetu - 3 March 2015

GUMEDE BEING HIS USUAL STUPID SELF AGAIN, THE SAME STUPIDITY THAT HE APPLIED WHEN HE DESTROYED THE NATIONAL TEAM WITH HIS DIVISIVE TRIBALISTIC STYLE OF MANAGEMENT. SHAME ON YOU! SO MYOPIC.

alex - 3 March 2015

Gumete ndiye problem paissue iyi. Surely how can a CEO of a club comment on things that he did not witness.He is a Hooligan I've said this before. Suka mani. Hanzi' "This culture of violence is not peculiar to Highlanders only, this is a national problem." Is he serious? I think PSL should take action on Gumete, he forgets that his Hooliganian Supporters perpetuate violence everytime. Since the early nineties have any one of us heard of violence in any Stadium besides B.F. So were does this Gumete come from??

Hlongwane - 3 March 2015

While I do not condone violence, players should not behave in a manner which provokes violence. A few years ago Emmanuel Adebayor was sanction by the English FA when he ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate a goal in front of the opposing Arsenal supporters while playing for Manchester City. Mutuma must be punished and so should Highlanders. Remember an incident at the national stadium when Darlan Buckley celebrated provocatively in front of fans and nine lives were lost in a stampede when violence broke out?

John Banda - 3 March 2015

kkkkk kukura here Gumede kokushaisa nzere ne ndangariro ,kkk tanga wafunga mudhara iwe ,kkk how can you instruct those tasked to write a report to include your stupidness,kkk wapera basa siyana nezve bhora,youn always bring confusion,kkk SHAME

sinyoro - 3 March 2015

kkkkk kukura here Gumede kokushaisa nzere ne ndangariro ,kkk tanga wafunga mudhara iwe ,kkk how can you instruct those tasked to write a report to include your stupidness,kkk wapera basa siyana nezve bhora,you always bring confusion,kkk SHAME

sinyoro - 3 March 2015

Both Gumede and Kenny Mubaiwa are offside in their statements. Mubaiwa can"t advocate for a harsh penalty or try to influence a situation which will have a disciplinary hearing. I expect something better from the two. Gumede speaks hearsay statement. Soocer players must learn to be professionals too, After scoring being the away team you cant run to "vietnam stand" to mock fans and expect to get away with it. The same at BF you cant go to "soweto stand " to mock fans it will back- fire. Highlanders , Dynamos,Caps united they have the bulk of die hard "religious" supporters , a small thing can turn them violent and mad, be it pitch or boadroom issue. When Highlanders was doing well during the Mapepa Ernest era , small teams were travelling to play their home games at BF. Recently there was an incident were Caps United players were attacked by their own supporters.Dynamos' stable is calm because of back to back championships. Three seasons Dynamos without a trophy, its supporters will explode. Who can forget the manhandling and assault of Hwange officials in the tunnel by Dynamos and "De mbare" got away with it. In 2006 Dynamos facing defeat supporters occupying "Mpilo End" at BF went ballistic and the match was abandoned. I think people we just need to grow up and become more responsible in stadiums. Its just soccer after all. Tribalism has no place in spot and its outdated syndrome.

X-MAN IV - 3 March 2015

@kitsi@mundex....why the tribalist comments......can we stick to footbaling matters........such thoughts are the very reason why this country is suffering today......get a grip u bunch of idiots

thabani - 4 March 2015

The issue is clear. iBosso is not playing well and this puts supporters under pressure to push the team to win. During the days of Rambo; Nduna; Cool Ruler or even during the second sprint of oBiya we played well, there was never any violence. Fans will just go and cheer, laughing at the skills exhibited. But now asazi !

bheki - 4 March 2015

already ipo pano tave tutoda kuroverena kt uri mundebele ndiri mushona - ko zvingasara sei kubhora - how can we take it out of soccer when teams are formed based on tribal lines.

tanetanazvo - 4 March 2015

In 1998 even when Bosso were good, their supporters were still violent. They were just afraid of one Moyo, a Gijima Nightclub bouncer who would enter the stadium through the gate between Soweto and the one facing VIP, walk through that section in a Dembare jersey and sit on the Mpilo end. and do the same at half time. kkkk!

Jones - 5 March 2015

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