Stakeholders commit to curbing hooliganism at football matches

By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor

THE Premier Soccer league (PSL) is satisfied that the stakeholders’ engagement on stadium security held in Harare this Friday will help stamp out hooliganism in football matches.

This Friday’s Indaba comes after violence erupted at Barbourfields Stadium last weekend in the ‘Battle of Zimbabwe’ between Highlanders and Dynamos.

This was the fourth time this season that hooliganism reared its ugly head, with the PSL reacting by suspending this weekend’s action to try and find solutions to the challenge.

Various stakeholders who make up a football match were represented, including police, referees, clubs security officers, ZIFA, the Sports and Recreation Commission and the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, among others.

The league is hoping that after this latest initiative, football will return to being a family game.

“Football is a family game and we are happy that everyone came together to map a way forward and it shouldn’t be difficult for parents to come with their kids,” said Farai Jere, PSL Chairman.

There was general consensus in the house that everyone was not playing their role to the best of their abilities, with calls for the nation to up its game in terms of stadium security.

The Premier Soccer league is expected to return next week.