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Official: Highlanders summoned and charged over crowd trouble

The Premier Soccer League have summoned Highlanders to appear before Disciplinary Committee over crowd trouble that rocked the Battle of Zimbabwe on Sunday.

On Sunday, May 14, during the Castle Lager Premiership Matchday 8 encounter between the two giants at Barbour fields Stadium, agitated Bosso fans forced a premature halt after Dynamos had equalised late during the first half.

The match was forced to end prematurely as Bosso faithful’s pelted objects into the field of play, targeting far side Assistant Referee Thomas Kusasa who they accused of allowing an offside goal.

In a press release by the PSL’s Communications and Media Liaison Officer Kudzai Bare, which has cited rules that were violated, PSL has summoned Highlanders to appear before a disciplinary committee on the 23rd of May were action will be taken against the club.

“The Premier Soccer League has summoned Highlanders FC to appear before the PSL Disciplinary
Committee following incidents of hooliganism that occurred at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday 14
May 2017 at a Castle Lager PSL match between Highlanders FC and Dynamos FC resulting in the
abandonment of the match.”, read the statement.

Highlanders FC have been charged with breaching the Premier Soccer League Rules and Regulations.

In terms of order 31 of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Rules and Regulations;

It is an Act of Misconduct on the part of the Club where;
31.1.13 Its supporters misbehave in any manner whatsoever, inside or outside a ground before, during or after a match, no matter on which ground the match is played. Without derogating from the generality of what constitutes misbehaviours on the part of supporters, the following are specifically declared to be acts of misbehaviour:- Invasion or attempted invasion of the field of play, save for the reasons of crowd safety. Causing abandonment or attempting to cause the abandonment of a match Throwing or attempting to throw missiles, bottled and other objects, whether potentially harmful or dangerous or not, on to the pitch, or at any person; Acts of violence or attempted acts of violence against anyone at the game.

The League also condemned acts of violence and apologised to its sponsors and faithful fans for the unfortunate incident.

“The Premier Soccer League does not condone acts of violence and hooliganism in football and urges
club leaders to capacitate their security officials and educate their fans so as to eradicate violence
from our football.

“We would like to apologise to all our stakeholders and fans for the unfortunate incident that happened
at Barbourfields Stadium. We appeal to all football loving fans to desist from violence and assist in
identifying the perpetrators of hooliganism”

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