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PSL struggles with disciplinary cases


Two months after the abandoned Highlanders/FC Victoria match at Barbourfields, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee is yet to conclude and come out with the verdict for the case.

Highlanders played FC Victoria on August 31 and the match was called off in the 38th minute after FC Victoria protested a penalty awarded to Highlanders.

FC Victoria were summoned by the PSL to answer for the abandonment of that match.

Another match that was abandoned featured the Bulawayo giants and Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium on September 25.

Highlanders have since owned up and pleaded guilty for the behaviour of their supporters and launched a successful campaign against hooliganism in football.

The case is also yet to be finalised.

The BancABC semi-final replay between Dynamos and Highlanders which did not take place last Wednesday is another case in which the league has been found wanting as no verdict has been reached.

A source on Monday told NewsDay that the disciplinary committee sat on Monday to hear the cases and all that was left was writing of the judgments, but that still remains a cause for concern.

Sponsors, like the BancABC have been heavily tainted in their Super Eight competition this season and while there are reports that they will continue sponsoring football, serious questions have arisen.

The bank is heavily involved in women rugby sponsorship and while there are better run organisations like cricket and tennis lacking sponsorship, it might not be a surprise if the regional giant jumps ship.

The league has no sponsors and anyone looking to pour in money next season must be having second thoughts leaving PSL chairman Twine Phiri wondering that a year that kicked off well ended on a sour note.

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