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Highlanders have been summoned to appear before a Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee on Monday to answer for the unruly behaviour of their supporters during a league match against Dynamos on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium.

PSL board member (fixtures and competitions) Musa Gwasira confirmed that the Bulawayo giants had been summoned to Harare to face disciplinary action.

Gwasira said the summons is based on the police and referee’s reports.

Referee Thabani Mkantjo handled the match which ended pre-maturely after Bosso supporters at the Soweto stand turned rowdy and started throwing missiles onto the pitch when Dynamos were leading 2-1.

“They have been summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee on Monday. The summons is based on the referee’s and the police report and what transpired on the ground.

“I haven’t seen the police report yet but in general, they (Highlanders) may be appearing for the indiscipline of their supporters,” Gwasira said.

The Sunday match was abandoned with only four minutes of added time remaining after Highlanders were awarded a corner-kick at the Soweto end.

The Highlanders fans, unhappy over an earlier decision by the referee, started throwing missiles onto the pitch causing a stoppage to the match and inviting the attention of the police.

After failing to control the crowd, the police used teargas to try and stop the melee after the match was about to resume and it made the situation worse until reinforcements in the form of water cannons were mobilised.

It is not the first time that a league match has been abandoned at Barbourfields.

The Highlanders-FC Victoria match on August 31 was also abandoned after the Masvingo-based outfit walked off the pitch when Bosso were awarded a penalty in the 38th minute.

They decided to return to the match six minutes later, but their chairman Nobioth Magwizi after an altercation with Highlanders fans on the terraces, beckoned his players not to go back to the field of play.

The players, in unison with coach Wilson Chinosengwa, decided not to continue with play and proceeded to the dressing rooms.

The pandemonium continued until after consultations among the match officials which saw referee Nkosana Nduna also walking off the pitch without blowing the whistle to end the match.

FC Victoria were eventually summoned by the PSL, but the disciplinary committee is yet to hand down a verdict on the matter.

Earlier, a Highlanders- Dynamos BancABC Sup8r Cup semi-final match was abandoned due to crowd trouble and the game was awarded to The Glamour Boys on 3-0 scoreline by an ad hoc committee tasked to look into that case.

However, Highlanders stopped the final between Dynamos and Caps United, which was to be played last Sunday through the courts arguing they had been treated unfairly.

The final was then moved to October 2, but it hangs in the balance since the PSL is negotiating with the parties involved for a way forward while the sponsors are threatening to pull out.

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