CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League teams, Highlanders and Shabanie’s hearings are likely to be heard on Tuesday after they had been summoned to appear before the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee for crowd trouble that occurred during the two teams’ encounter at Maglas Stadium on Good Friday.
The chairman of the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee Don Moyo said they had moved the hearings from Tuesday last week to Tuesday this week following the absence of one of the members of the panel last week.
“Initially the case had been scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, unfortunately one of our panelists Vusi Vuma was unavailable due to other commitments and we had to postpone the case to next Tuesday.
“I am sure it will go ahead as planned on Tuesday as I cannot foresee anything likely to interfere in the holding of the hearings,” he said.
Summons were sent to both clubs about two weeks ago by the PSL, indicating that Highlanders have to account for their fans throwing missiles into the pitch while Shabanie Mine as the hosts were accused of failing to provide adequate security.
In his report match commissioner Japhet Mfiri said trouble started in the 21st minute when referee Masakadza Makonese turned down a penalty appeal by Highlanders and cautioned Knox Mutizwa for simulation. That decision seems to have not gone well with Bosso fans who threw missiles.
Makonese said it took 24 minutes for the police to restore order.
“ . . .The match commissioner informed the police leader to assist in restoring sanity who in turn responded by telling the match commissioner to let me wait to resume the match because the police details present had no protective equipment.
“Those equipped were outside the stadium attending to some disturbances. Some police officers were reported to have been sent to the station to collect the appropriate equipment,” wrote Makonese.
Violence continued after the match with Shabanie Mine supporters said to have ambushed Bosso fans hitting and damaging their vehicles with stones.
Fans who attended the match also accused Shabanie of increasing entrance fees without notice for the game.