DYNAMOS’ hopes of landing any silverware this season have been thrown into disarray after their senior players Roderick Mutuma and Takesure Chinyama were yesterday hauled before the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to answer to charges of violent conduct towards referee Philani Ncube during their Chibuku Super Cup final against Harare City at the National Sports Stadium last month.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
The Dynamos pair is alleged to have charged towards Ncube soon after their loss to Harare City, with Mutuma in particular said to have used obscene language directed at the match official.
Mutuma, who has been a largely volcanic character in his career, is also alleged to have made reference to reasons why Zimbabwean referees were sent home from the Cosafa tournaments.
The conduct by the players constitutes a serious offence, according to PSL rules and regulations, and could have dire consequences for the players, which could severely impact on the club’s ambitions.
After analysing reports submitted by the referee and match commissioner, Brighton Mudzamiri, the PSL disciplinary committee served the Dynamos strikers with notices to attend a disciplinary hearing next Tuesday.
“You are, hereby, charged with breaching of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) rules and regulations. In terms of order 31 of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Rules and Regulations, it is an act of misconduct on the part of the player who: 31.2.1 directly or indirectly interrupts, obstructs or disturbs the normal proceedings of a game, before, during or after the match.
“31.2.9 assaults, threatens, intimidates, coerces, interferes, misleads or insults a match official, player, official of the league, public, Press or media, or any other person, before, during or after the match.
“31.2.17 behaves in a manner, which brings the league or any of its sponsors into disrepute or endangers the welfare of the league.
“You are, therefore, required to appear before the disciplinary committee at the offices of the PSL on November 17, 2015 at 5pm. You are not entitled to legal representation at the disciplinary hearing, but if you are a duly registered player with the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, the vice-chairman of the club, with which you are registered, may attend and assist you during the proceedings.
“In terms of order, 32.32 of the new rules and regulations of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, you are, hereby, required to submit in writing within two days of the date of this notification, your response or answer to the allegations aforesaid, failing which you may be called for another disciplinary hearing in respect of such failure,” the letter to the players read.
The report by the referee reads: “At the end of the match, some Dynamos players, led by Roderick Mutuma and Takesure Chinyama, charged at the match officials. In the process, Mutuma used abusive language directed at the match officials.”
Mudzamiri observed in his report: “When the referee blew the final whistle to end the match, I noticed Dynamos players, namely Roderick Mutuma, number 35, and Takesure Chinyama, charging towards the referee. The assistant referees, and both Dynamos and Harare City chief security officers, rushed to protect the referees. As I made my way out of the stadium, the security officials were still restraining Mutuma and Chinyama. I requested the police to ensure all those who were not part of the match (supporters) were not allowed near the players, as I had noticed a few supporters near the team benches. At this point, Mutuma walked past the match officials heading towards his team’s bench, he was shouting unprintable words towards the referee. He also made reference to reasons why Zimbabwe referees were sent home from the Cosafa tournament.”
DeMbare has shifted focus to the EasyCall Cup after failing to win the Chibuku Super Cup and they will be hoping that their front duo will not be forced to miss any matches, particularly in that tournament, if found guilty.