Bosso slam fans, referee

HARARE - Highlanders chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede has slammed the behaviour of Bosso fans but also took a swipe at referee Nkosikhona Moyo for riots which rocked Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

A police officer was left seriously injured after clashes with Bosso fans following their side’s 1-1 draw with Castle Lager defending champions Chicken Inn.

“What happened after the match is totally unacceptable. You don’t take the law into your own hands and assaulting a police officer is a serious crime that can be likened to treason.

“Some of our supporters need to learn that when they come to the stadium they must expect three outcomes; the team might draw, win or lose.”

On the referee’s performance, Gumede said: “It is also important in such situations to try and look back and ask what the causes of the violence are. I say this guardedly as past chairman of the referees committee.

“The performance from the referee left a lot to be desired. We were also denied three clear penalties.

“The lack of coordination between referee and his assistants throughout the match clearly frustrated the supporters hence they reacted the way they did.” 

Sunday’s disturbances started when Chicken Inn midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu scored from what looked like an offside position.

Moyo, however, blew to end the match with the ball in the back of the net which sparked a melee as both sets of players confronted the match officials.

Police stepped in to try to disperse the players and protect the match officials which irked the supporters who invaded the pitch.

Gumede said the lack of clear leadership structures at the Zimbabwe Soccer Referees’ Association is allowing incompetent match officials to get away with murder.

“It’s a pity that we are still in this transitional phase from Nfaz back to Zifa. There’s no substantive referees committee to deal with this issue,” said the former Zifa vice chairman.

“Right now there is no one who will act to punish these referees when they make mistakes and it is us the clubs who suffer dearly.

“I now have the $2 000 fine to pay to the PSL because our fans invaded the pitch and nothing will happen to the referee, who sparked the violence in the first place.”

Comments (3)

This Ndumiso is a real misguided (Scud missile) missile. Considering your current position, in football you do not under any circumstance publicly blame the referee. You are actually inciting your supporters. If somebody had died over a mere football game what would you do. You are no different from Mugabe who believes in killing in order to rule from his GRAVE

Dingiswayo - 16 August 2016

Its so sad that the tension in our politics is spilling into our beautiful game.

INNOCENT MOYOSVI - 17 August 2016

so I get that things must be normal even when one is wrong and someone points it so . This has happened far too long in our football world.

jama - 24 August 2016

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