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Caps fined $6 000

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Caps United have been fined
$6 000 by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Disciplinary committee for causing the abandonment of their match against Chicken Inn at Gwanzura Stadium on April 7.

Caps United were convicted by the disciplinary committee comprising chairman Don Moyo, Joseph Mafusire and Vusi Vuma after they pleaded guilty to contravening Order 31 of the PSL Rules and Regulations.

The match, abandoned in added time when Chicken Inn were leading 2-0, has been awarded to the Bulawayo side on a 3-0 score-line.

The Green Machine have, however, been ordered to pay an effective fine of $4 000 after
$2 000 was suspended on condition that their fans do not commit a similar offence for the rest of the season.

Reads part of the judgment: “In aggravation, it was noted that Caps United are now notorious and have made it a habit to appear before the Disciplinary Committee year in and year out. This certainly is out of sync with what is expected of a big club which for all intents and purposes should be leading by example. Taking into account the fact that the match was abandoned and that there was violence, we have suspended a portion of the fine imposed to act as a deterrent and also left room for the offender to be rehabilitated.

“We are not only focusing on punishing the offender. To this end, we have deliberately widened the conditions upon which part of the sentence is suspended to ensure the offender, its supporters and officials shall not be responsible for any form of violence and/ or abandonment of any match for the rest of the season. We are also guided by the resolution of the clubs in respect of the fine to be imposed but, if we may add, we treat each case based on the circumstances pertaining thereto.”

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