Highlanders face music for hooliganism

By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor

THE Premier Soccer league has promised to deal with all matters before the PSL Disciplinary Committee after a decision was finally made on the FC Platinum and Highlanders match.

After months of what seemed like dithering, the Premier Soccer League-PSL has finally acted on cases of hooliganism at football match venues.

This comes after Bulawayo giants Highlanders were fined US$6 000 for causing the abandonment of their PSL match against FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium in April this year.

FC Platinum have since been awarded three points on a three-nil score line after Bosso fans ran amok in the ill-fated match.

The PSL has since promised clear all the outstanding cases.

“We definitely want issues to be resolved swiftly but remember the disciplinary committee is an independent body and they go through a thorough process to come out with the best possible outcome so the issue of time frame is not up to us,” said Kudzai Bare, PSL Spokesperson.

Football stakeholders expressed mixed sentiments on the fine imposed on Highlanders.

“We welcome the PSL decision and we think it is deterrent enough and hope the clubs and especially fans can learn from it because their behaviour costs the team, now Highlanders has lost the game they could have probably won,” said Deuteronomy Muchineripi Football Analyst.

Others feel more should be done.

“We wanted something that has not been done before and Highlanders has been fined before. The US$6 000 which is payable at bank rate is nothing to them, their loyal supporters will definitely be at BF for their next match and that money will be nothing as the numbers that would throng the ground will make it feel as nothing,

“its commendable that they are taking action but more should be done, let’s play in empty stadiums, let’s dock points that will be felt by both the club and the fans,” said Makomborero Mutimukulu Football Blogger.

The Premier Soccer League is yet to decide the fate of the match between Highlanders and Dynamos which was abandoned at Barbourfields stadium with Bosso leading one-nil in the dying stages of the match.