The association lost thousands of dollars in potential revenue after the crowd forced their way into the Stadium without paying.
According to a statement posted on their website, Zifa said they have evidence which shows that the mayhem was initiated by people in military gear.
“The meeting was informed that some rogue elements who were dressed in military uniforms and some unscrupulous stewards also caused mayhem and assisted fans to enter the stadium using undesignated points, demanding bribes in return,” reads the statement.
“In a bid to avert a stampede and curb loss of life, the committee also authorised that some gates be opened for fans to enter free of charge.
“We have visual evidence of the criminal behaviour displayed by rogue elements who were in military uniform and we will present it to relevant authorities for further action.”
Zifa also said a total of 13 090 fans paid to watch the match and collected a gross amount of $78 669,00. However, it is the organising committee’s contention that approximately over 30 000 were at the National Sports Stadium to watch the match.
The football body now plans to introduce pre-match ticket sales and availing adequate entry points to counter counter such scenarios.
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