DeMbare dominate fines table

HARARE - Despite a disappointing start to the 2016 season, Dynamos fans have made sure their team dominates the Premier Soccer League (PSL) fines tables.

After only six matches, DeMbare find themselves in turmoil following only one win, two draws and three defeats to leave them in 15th place on the log.

Due to their poor performances on the pitch, the Glamour Boys’ fans have been caught on the wrong side of the law by throwing missiles onto the pitches during matches.

DeMbare have been fined a total of $4 125 by the PSL for the crowd trouble in their opening matches.

The former champions received fines of $2 000 on two separate occasions after their supporters threw missiles during  defeats to Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium and CAPS United at Rufaro Stadium.

DeMbare were also fined an extra $125 after their former coach Paulo Jorge Silva was sent to the stands during the Harare derby against Makepekepe.

The Harare giants are also set to receive another hefty fine following the behaviour of their supporters last Sunday after they lost 0-1 to FC Platinum at Rufaro.

DeMbare supporters clashed with police as they demanded the immediate resignation of club president Kenni Mubaiwa.

Other teams that have been fined by the league are CAPS United ($2 000), Highlanders ($2 000), Chicken Inn ($750), Mutare City ($2 000) among others.

Meanwhile, Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa has said they will work closely with police in a bid to identify those responsible for the disturbances at Rufaro last Sunday.

“The Association is taking very stern measures. We are working with the police in identifying the culprits and as the football mother body we will invoke our powers as enshrined in the football statutes to ensure that such unsavoury elements are banned from all our football events,” Chiyangwa said.

“The beautiful game of football celebrates ethos of love, peace, co-existence, respect and Fair Play and we at Zifa are committed to upholding these tenets.

“The despicable and barbaric behaviour demonstrated by these rogue elements bent on tarnishing the image of our game and our country at large has no place in the 21st century.

“Zimbabweans are by nature civil, we have a population that respects the rule of law and that knows the channels to follow when airing grievances and we cannot stand by and allow a few miscreants to spoil the environment at our stadia.

“Football matches should remain family outings that are peaceful and entertaining where those who would have lost should learn to gracefully accept defeat and those who would have won should not be overzealous in their celebrations.”

Chiyangwa said clubs must educate their fans on the dangers of hooliganism.

“Zifa also encourages clubs and the PSL to educate their supporters on the dangers of hooliganism. 

“Violence of any nature scares away sponsors and fans and it further tarnishes the image of our game,” he said.

“We also encourage club marshals to work closely with police and other security details at matches and to be proactive in identifying hooligans and sniffing them out as they also cost their teams through fines.”

Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane has also warned football supporters from engaging in violence as it drives away existing and potential sponsors.

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