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PSL on warpath


The Premier Soccer League will deal decisively with officials and players who played a part in the abandonment of the BancABC Sup8r semi-final match between Highlanders and Dynamos at Barbourfields on Saturday.
Kennedy Ndebele, the PSL acting chief executive officer wrote to the sponsors of the competition, BancABC, last night apologising for the behaviour of the officials and players. The match was called off after 73 minutes when referee Brighton Malandule ruled there was bad light following a 28-minute stoppage caused by a penalty decision in favour of Dynamos. This was in addition to an earlier 25-minute protest by Highlanders.
Part of the apology read: “The PSL would like to apologise to the sponsor BancABC for the unprofessional conduct of officials and players of both Highlanders and Dynamos football clubs during the abandoned semi-final match. We further condemn and denounce hooliganism by a certain section of the fans. The PSL is investigating the causes of the indiscipline and will act decisively in order to bring professionalism into football.
“The league will announce the verdict of the match in due course.” Trouble started in the 68th when Bosso were awarded a penalty and Dynamos, leading 1-0, protested the decision.
During the protest, Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi reportedly made a finger gesture at Highlanders fans who responded by throwing missiles onto the pitch, injuring Phillip Sithole in the process. Dynamos midfielder Ashley Rambanapasi then got involved, throwing the missiles back at the fans in the stands.
After consultations between PSL chairman Twine Phiri, his deputy Themba Ndlela and Cuthberth Chitima (board member, development), play resumed after 30 minutes, before the referee awarded a penalty to Dynamos.
The PSL decision will be based on the referees’ and police reports. Section 5.6 of the rules of the competition which read: “If a team does not report for a match except in cases of force majeure recognised by the Competition Organising Committee, or if it refuses to continue to play or leaves the stadium before the end of the match, the team will be considered as having lost.
“The match will be awarded to its opponents with a scoreline of 3-0 or more if in the case of an abandoned match, the winning team has already a higher score at the time the guilty team leaves the field of play.”

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