PSL failing to build confidence on violence

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Premier Soccer League (PSL) needs to be decisive on violence and indiscipline if it harbours ambitions of having long-term sponsors supporting the local premiership.

It is disconcerting that the PSL is failing to send a strong signal against violence and indiscipline as punishments that have been meted on offenders are having little effect.

There appears to be hesitancy by the PSL board and its structures to sanction punitive measures against clubs and their supporters who breach standing regulations which are crafted to make football enjoyable by the players, sponsors and fans.

Chaotic and violent scenes at last Saturday’s Easycall semi-final tie between CAPS United and Chicken Inn at Barbourfileds Stadium, are an indictment on the PSL whose leader — Twine Phiri is a shareholder at the Harare side.

Unruly CAPS United fans assaulted Chicken Inn players and threw missiles onto the pitch remonstrating with referees over what they thought were bad decisions against their team.

Veteran striker Leonard Tsipa, whose experience and age should be an example to upcoming footballers, also participated in the violence by deliberately stamping on Chicken Inn defender Devine Lunga.

These actions are bad advertisements of Zimbabwean football which badly needs sponsors to raise the standards and competitiveness among the local teams. In the Barbourfields fiasco, what is jarring is the fact that CAPS United chose to file an official complaint against the match referee when every well-meaning soccer fan expects them to apologise for the behaviour of their fans and player.

It is rather strange and disturbing that a club which is at fault as a result of improper behaviour by its fans and player, has the nerve to question the match official without questioning the morality of such an action in light of damning evidence against it.

We are left to speculate on what fuelled CAPS United’ behaviour and it could be that they are bad losers and they condone the violence by their supporters.

It is easy to see why there is such a bad attitude by such a club. The PSL disciplinary committee has failed to issue deterrent and punitive measures which send strong signals against violence.

Highlanders and CAPS United fans have been consistently rioting but the PSL, at most, has garnished fines from the teams’ payout from the championship prizes.

This is not good enough. We expect stadium bans and suspensions to believe that football can be an enjoyable sport where thugs and violence are not welcome!

Comments (1)

Haaa uri muDembare iwe ibvaaa ko kana Tsipa akatsika Lunga waregererei kutaura nezva Mutuma......hauna kuiona bhutsu yakatihwa Ralph Matema nxaaaaaa

mukepekepe - 9 December 2015

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