The Premier Soccer League has summoned Highlanders Football Club before a Disciplinary Committee following the violence that erupted at Barbourfields stadium yesterday in their match against bitter rivals, Dynamos Football Club.
In statement, the PSL said the Bulawayo giants are being charged for breaching the Premier Soccer League Rules and Regulations.
The Disciplinary hearing will be held on Tuesday 23 May 2017
“In terms of order 31 of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Rules and Regulations; It is an Act of Misconduct on the part of the Club where; 31.1.13 Its supporters misbehave in any manner whatsoever, inside or outside a ground before, during or after a match, no matter on which ground the match is played.
“Highlanders FC have been without derogating from the generality of what constitutes misbehaviours on the part of supporters, the following are specifically declared to be acts of misbehaviour:-188.8.131.52 Invasion or attempted invasion of the field of play, save for the reasons of crowd safety.
“184.108.40.206 Causing abandonment or attempting to cause the abandonment of a match220.127.116.11 Throwing or attempting to throw missiles, bottled and other objects, whether potentially harmful or dangerous or not, on to the pitch, or at any person; 18.104.22.168 Acts of violence or attempted acts of violence against anyone at the game,” said the PSL in a statement.
The match between the two teams was brought to a halt after a section of Highlanders fans protested Dynamos’ equaliser in the 40th minute.
Dembare forward, Christian Ntouba scored from what appears to be an offside position after the ball had deflected off a Bosso player prompting outrage and violent protests from the Highlanders fans.
Meanwhile, the PSL has apologised to its sponsors, fans and stakeholders for the skirmish that happened at Emagumeni.
“The Premier Soccer League does not condone acts of violence and hooliganism in football and urges club leaders to capacitate their security officials and educate their fans so as to eradicate violence from our football’
“We would like to apologise to all our stakeholders and fans for the unfortunate incident that happened at Barbourfields Stadium. We appeal to all football loving fans to desist from violence and assist in identifying the perpetrators of hooliganism,” said the PSL.
If found guilty, Highlanders will either be fined or risk losing the match in the boardroom through a 3-0 score line and or both.