PSL talks tough on hooliganism

HARARE - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) yesterday came out guns blazing to condemn acts of hooliganism that characterised Sunday’s match between Highlanders and Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium.

The league also challenged the police to bring the perpetrators of the violence to book.

A police officer was left seriously injured after rowdy Bosso supporters clashed with the law enforcers following their side’s 1-1 draw with the Gamecocks.

PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele said he is concerned about sporadic acts of hooliganism resulting in violence at football matches adding that they would work closely with the police to uproot this unsavoury behaviour at PSL matches.

“Violence and hooliganism have no place in football.

“Football fans should enjoy the game in a peaceful environment,” Ndebele said.

“We are calling upon the majority of loyal football fans to help law enforcement agents by identifying and reporting the bad elements that bring the game of football into disrepute.

“The PSL would like to appeal to the law enforcement agents to arrest all the perpetrators of violence at football matches.

“Many a time we hear of the arrests of hooligans after football matches but we have not heard of the prosecution of the same offenders.

“We further call upon the police to conduct thorough searches of all fans before every match to ensure that no harmful objects are brought into the football stadia.”

During the skirmishes, police and their dogs had to flee from the marauding Bosso fans inside the stadium.

“We appeal to our fans, the media and other stakeholders to desist from abusing cyber space through using online file images and deliberately falsifying such image captions,” Ndebele said.

“Such acts may culminate in unnecessary despondency and tension within the football fraternity.

“The PSL implores football clubs to continue to educate their fans on the dangers of hooliganism.

“Violence and hooliganism at football matches may fracture working relationships within and among football stakeholders.”

Ndebele added: “The PSL has received match reports from both the referee and the match commissioner. We will proceed and charge Highlanders for the behaviour of their fans.

“The club will be charged in terms of order 31.1.13 of the PSL rules and regulations.”

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