Bosso face PSL sanctions

Grace Chingoma

Senior Sports Reporter

GIANTS Highlanders are likely to be summoned by the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee to answer for the disturbances that rocked their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match against FC Platinum at Barbourfields on Sunday. 

The hosts lost 2-3 in a match which had numerous stoppages due to crowd trouble.  

The stoppages were caused by a section of Highlanders fans who threw missiles at the visiting supporters. 

This was the second time this season that a match involving the two sides had ugly scenes following the mayhem that happened at Mandava in the reverse fixture which resulted in Highlanders being fined and forfeiting the match to the platinum miners. 

As if they have not learnt from their previous experiences, a section of Bosso supporters caused numerous stoppages as they threw in missiles at FC Platinum supporters. 

Fortunately, the disruptions did not force the abandonment of the exciting game which was described by coach Norman Mapeza as one of the best matches so far this season. 

Highlanders coach Baltemar Brito after the match bemoaned that the added three minutes were too little since the match was disturbed several times. 

PSL spokesperson Kudzai Bare yesterday said they are still waiting for the reports from the match officials. 

“We are currently awaiting the official match reports,” said Bare. 

In June, Highlanders were slapped with a US$6 000 fine and the match, which was abandoned with six minutes remaining following crowd trouble at Mandava, was awarded to FC Platinum on a 3-0 scoreline.

The match was called off after Bosso supporters stormed the pitch in protest against a penalty awarded to the hosts. 

This was during the time when violence and hooliganism was getting out of hand in the Castle Lager Premiership prompting the league to act on the scourge by suspending games. 

The Premier Soccer League for the first time held a key stakeholder’s indaba in May which included stadium owners, club security officers, media, Zimbabwe Republic Police and key organisations such as National Peace and Reconciliation, Footballers Union of Zimbabwe and ZIFA.

The stakeholders discussed challenges and proffered solutions they believed would help to curb violence and crowd trouble.

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