FC Platinum have issued a statement regarding the incident that happened after their Champions League game against Otoho D’ Oyo at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.
Coach Norman Mapeza physically assaulted a visibly drunk Gift Bello who had entered into the pitch to celebrate with his team-mates.
Bello had not featured in the match due to a yellow card suspension. Mapeza was not happy with the state of the vice-captain, and the coach tried to talk with, but he rudely answered back leading to Mapeza losing his temper and beat him up.
Here is the statement by the club:
We wish to apologise to our valued supporters and stakeholders for the altercation that took place involving our Head Coach Norman Mapeza and Gift Bello after the match against AS Otoho D’ Oyo.
Whilst the full investigation to ascertain what triggered the scuffle are still being conducted, FC Platinum will make it abundantly clear that it does not condone any acts of violence at any level as it is not a reflection of our Values and Ethos.
Our commitment to our stakeholders is to continue being a brand of choice and be the Zimbabwean flagship for African football.