The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has said they will come down heavily on teams ignoring the instruction to wear the Castle Lager logo during league matches.
PSL chief executive, Kenny Ndebele yesterday told NewsDay Sport that he was worried with the behaviour of some clubs who continue to wear unbranded shirts during games.
He said the errant clubs would be penalised while others risked losing prize money despite winning the title at the end of the season.
“The clubs know the regulations very well and we are very concerned with the behaviour of some of these clubs. We will punish all the clubs who are not following the rules. You will hear the outcry when the prize monies are given at the end of the season. Some will not get anything for breaching these rules,” said Ndebele.
“It may sound not serious when we are talking about it now but most clubs will regret at the end, even if they win the championship.”
Ndebele’s comments came in the wake of a match between Dynamos and Shooting Stars at Rufaro on Sunday when the two teams did not display the Castle Lager logo.
“I’m still waiting for the referee’s report on that match so that we can act accordingly,” Ndebele said.
According to an agreement between the PSL and Delta Beverages, who are sponsoring the league through their Castle Lager brand, all league teams should display the sponsor’s logo on the top left part of the players’ jersey.
The right sleeve and other areas on the jersey were left for the club to use for their sponsors.
Surprisingly, Dynamos did not even display their current sponsors’ logo BancABC on their kit on Sunday
This is not the first time Dynamos have disregarded the PSL over the display of the Castle Lager logo.
In May this year, Dynamos were one of the four clubs that were each fined $900 for failing to display the sponsor’s logo on their playing kit.
Other clubs were Highlanders, Monomotapa and Masvingo United.
In a correspondence circulated by Ndebele in May, he said: “This is unacceptable and breach of the league’s rules and in regulations. Please be advised that with immediate effect, no player will be allowed to participate in a Castle Lager League match wearing kit without the sponsor’s logo and name tags.”
Last year, a number of players would play in the unbranded league wearing jerseys from other tournament like BancABC and at times with wrong name tags.
PSL and Delta Beverages clinched a three-year sponsorship deal valued at US$600 000 and it’s subject to renewal after its expiry. League champions are assured of a $70 000 cheque.