Big blow for Bosso

CASTLE Lager Premiership giants Highlanders will have to play their next home game in an empty stadium after they were penalised for their fans’ violent behaviour.

Bosso will meet local rivals Bulawayo City on Sunday and no supporters will be allowed to enter Barbourfields Stadium.

Highlanders fans stormed the pitch at the final whistle at the end of a league match against Chicken Inn at Barbourfields in August before clashing with police. 

On top of the stadium ban, the Bulawayo giants, who are chasing their first title since 2006 have also been fined $3 500 of which $1 500 has been suspended on condition they are not found guilty of a similar offence this season.
The development according to the PSL Disciplinary Committee was an act of misconduct on the part of the club as they contravened Order 31.1.13 which states that “its supporters misbehaved in any manner whatsoever, inside or outside a ground before, during or after a match, no matter on which ground the match is played.”

Bosso had pleaded not guilty through their chief executive Ndumiso Gumede who argued that the referee was incompetent and should be held accountable for the ensuing chaos while also stressing that the police were being paid for doing nothing by not doing a thorough searching of fans before gaining entrance.

The committee, however, found Highlanders guilty, ordered them to pay a reduced fine of ?$2 000 and costs of the hearing and also ordered that their next home encounter be played in an empty stadium.
“In the circumstances, Highlanders is ordered to pay a fine of $3500, $1 500 of which is suspended for the rest of the season on condition that the club is not convicted of a similar offence,” read the PSL Disciplinary Committee judgment.

“The effective fine of $2 000 together with the costs of the hearing, to be paid by November 30, 2016. Highlanders to further play their next PSL officially- sanctioned home ground game in an empty stadium.”

The ruling is likely to derail Bosso’s title challenge as they will be without their vocal fans in the crucial match.
Erol Akbay’s side currently sit in third place on the log with 50 points and trail leaders CAPS United by three points.  

Meanwhile, Chicken Inn were also fined $1 500 by the league following the behaviour of their players and technical staff after a league game against FC Platinum at Luveve Stadium back in July.

They were found guilty of breaching the PSL Rules and Regulations Order 31.1.23 which states that it is an act of misconduct on the part of a club where: its officials, servants or duly authorised (express or implied) representatives assault, threaten, intimidate, coerce, interfere, mislead, or insult a match official, player, official of the League, public, press or media, or any other person, before, during or after the match.

“The Disciplinary Committee after receiving evidence from the referee Thomas Massa and Match Commissioner, Hopewell Sidube condemned the actions of the club and ruled as follows:,” wrote the PSL.

“A fine of $1 500, $500 of which is suspended for the rest of the 2016 season on condition that the club is not convicted of a similar offence.

The effective fine of $1 000, the match officials’ fees, together with the costs of the hearing, to be paid by November 30, 2016.” —Austin Karonga

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