Highlanders ‘disown’ violent fans

Highlanders have released a statement following the incidents at Barbourfields stadium on Sunday in their match against Dynamos.

The club has strongly condemned the actions of a section of Highlanders fans that threw missiles and caused trouble leading to the abandonment of the match.

Part of a statement from the club CEO Nhlanhla Dube read:

Highlanders Football Club categorically stands unequivocally opposed to all forms of disruptive behavior occurring before, during and after football games.

Our club regards missile throwing, pitch invasion and other acts that disrupt the smooth proceedings of football matches as abhorrent. It is our sincere belief that true football fans and genuine Highlanders F.C followers want to see fairness in the game and understand the cost of disruptive behavior even when they do not agree with a call made by match officials.

It is our sincere belief that those who threw missiles and invaded the pitch are not genuine Highlanders fans we urge our fans to protect the image of their club, interests of the sponsors, and partners and all stakeholders at all times.

We reiterate our commitment engagement with our members, fans and football stakeholders as we seek collective solutions to behavior that soils the image of the club and cost it dearly in fines and sanctions.

Finally, we salute the multitudes of our fans who not only passionately cheered the team on but maintained discipline even as they dispersed after the match had been called off.

Highlanders are set to  appear before the PSL disciplinary Committee next week and are set to receive a hefty fine as well as other penalties.

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