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Shooting Stars cry foul

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Caps United could have been caught on the wrong side of the law after using an “ineligible” player during their BancABC Super Eight soccer quarter-final replay against Shooting Stars on Wednesday.

Caps United beat Shooting Stars 4-1 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 3-3 in regulation time to progress to the semi-finals.

Caps United allegedly illegally used goalkeeper Tafadzwa Jaricha.

Jaricha came in in the 120th minute in place of Itai Chiwara when the game was heading towards the penalty shootout on the basis that the latter had been uninjured and unable to continue.

Shooting Stars wrote to the Premier Soccer League executive secretary Cuthbert Mutandwa yesterday to express the “robbery” that took place at Rufaro.

Wrote club secretary Ziyambi Ziyambi: “The Caps United goalkeeper was not injured whilst the penalty kicks were being taken and the substitution was therefore illegal.

Their goalkeeper finished the match and before the kicks he was substituted in clear violation of procedure 8.

“One of our players was given a red card and at no time did the Caps captain inform the referee of the name of the player to be excluded from taking kicks clearly violating procedure 9.”

Procedure 8 states: “A goalkeeper who is injured whilst kicks are being taken from the penalty mark and who is unable to continue as goalkeeper may be replaced by a named substitute provided his team has not used the maximum number of substitutes permitted under the competition rules.”

Procedure 9 adds: “With the exception of the foregoing case, only players who are on the field of play at the end of the match which includes extra time where appropriate, are eligible to take kicks from the penalty mark,” he said.

On the case of the expulsion of Sambo, Stars quoted Procedure 16: “If at the end of the match and before the kicks start to be taken from the penalty mark any one team has a greater number of players than its opponents, it must reduce its numbers to equate with that of the opponents and the team captain must inform the referee of such player excluded. Any player thus excluded may not participate in kicks from the penalty mark.

PSL executive secretary Mutandwa confirmed receipt of the letter last night, but said they had not received the referees and match commissioner’s reports.

“The letter is in our office, but we have not received the referees and commissioner’s reports. Those officials are from Mutare and we expect the reports tomorrow (today),” he said.

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