The Premier Soccer League (PSL) says it is still waiting for a police report which would help inform its verdict on last Saturday’s abandoned match between FC Platinum and Highlanders in Zvishavane.
The premature stoppage of the tie was caused by a pitch invasion by a section of the fans who were not pleased with a penalty that was awarded to FC Platinum when the teams were tied on 1-1 after 82 minutes of play.
Police responded by discharging some tear smoke in attempts to quell the situation.
Over a dozen fans were arrested for the skirmishes.
Highlanders has been unequivocal in laying its blame on what it found to be overzealous members of the ZRP who threw tear gas which went on to affect players, officials and some innocent fans.
In a statement Tuesday, PSL condemned violence in stadia while also urging the ZIFA Referees Committee to consider what it said were numerous complaints over poor officiating in games by some match officials.
FULL STATEMENT BY PSL
The Premier Soccer League has received match reports from FC Platinum and Highlanders FC following incidents of crowd trouble that occurred during a Castle Lager PSL match on 23 April 2022 at Mandava Stadium.
We are currently awaiting a report from the Zimbabwe Republic Police before commencing disciplinary procedures.
The PSL is concerned about acts of violence and hooliganism in football and is currently engaging all relevant stakeholders to find a lasting solution.
We urge clubs to engage their supporters to refrain from breaching PSL rules and regulations to ensure safety at football matches.
Fans should be aware that the referee’s decision is final. Encroaching onto the pitch before, during and after a match is an offence that results in a serious punishment for clubs.
While we do not condone violence, we would like to note that we have received numerous complaints regarding the performance of match officials at PSL matches and we implore the ZIFA Referees Committee to seriously look into the matter.