CAPS United have been fined $1 000 for using an undesignated entry point for their NetOne Charity Shield semi-final match against FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium on March 9.
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Premier Soccer League chief executive Kennedy Ndebele confirmed that the Green Machine had been censured by the league for the misconduct.
“Caps United have been fined $1 000 for the Mandava (Stadium) incident based on standing orders of the league. They will not be summoned for any hearing. It has been agreed that they pay that fine for the misbehaviour. The standing orders have always been there and they are only being revisited. There are several cases that will not call for disciplinary hearings, but instant fines,” Ndebele said.
Caps United players scaled the fence to gain entry into the pitch at Mandava Stadium for the semi-final match against FC Platinum, which they went on to win 5-4 in a penalty lottery after a 1-1 deadlock in regulation time.
Makepekepe blamed the organisers of the tournament as they claimed they found gates locked and failed to gain access to the dressing rooms before the match which was played after the other semi-final tie between Chicken Inn and Monomotapa.
Before their match, Caps United and FC Platinum had been asked to warm up at the nearby Maglas Stadium to avoid disturbing the flow of the first semi-final match.
Caps, however, did not go to Maglas for the warm-up session.
They went on to lose 3-2 to Chicken Inn in the final the following day, with all the three matches from March 9 being beamed live on pay-per-view channel SuperSport.
Like last year, Caps United become the first team to face disciplinary action from the PSL.
Last year, they were fined $6 000 after their fans rained missiles onto the pitch at Gwanzura Stadium when they were losing 2-0 to Chicken Inn and the match was eventually abandoned in added time due to the rowdy behaviour of their fans.
However, they were ordered to pay an effective fine of $4 000 with $2 000 suspended on condition that their supporters did not engage in any similar misconduct for the rest of the season.