THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) yesterday descended heavily on champions Dynamos and Highlanders after they were fined $8 000 apiece for their fans’ violent conduct during the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.
Dynamos defender Partson Jaure has also not been spared for his violent conduct towards referee Thabani Bhamala after he was given a red card following a clash with Highlanders striker Njabulo Ncube during the first half of the match at Barbourfields Stadium.
Apparently incensed by the referee’s decision, Jaure charged at the referee and had to be restrained by his teammates.
After going through a report by the referee, PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele disclosed in a statement that Jaure would be brought before a disciplinary hearing in due course to answer to charges of violent conduct last Sunday. The match official said Jaure hurled abusive language at him and threatened to physically assault him.
“In the 30th minute I sent off player number 82, N Ncube of Highlanders and player number 27, P Jaure Dynamos FC for violent conduct. Following his sending off, P Jaure insulted me using abusive language which he complemented with an attempt to physically assault me, but was restrained by his teammates,” part of the referee’s report to the PSL read.
The top-flight league management condemned Jaure’s behaviour, which they said was an act of misconduct according to the PSL rules and regulations order 31.1.25
“In terms of the Premier Soccer League rules and regulations order 31.1.25, it is an act of misconduct on the part of a player, official of a club, officials of the league, member of the management committee and a member of any sub-committee as the case may be, where it; 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.
“The player, Partson Jaure, shall be summoned to appear before the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League disciplinary committee in due course,” the statement said.
Further, the referee reported that “in the 52nd minute, the Highlanders supporters who occupied the Soweto bay terraces threw missiles (plastic water containers, soft drink and beer cans) onto the field of play when the Dynamos goalkeeper was injured.
“In the 68th minute, the Dynamos supporters who occupied the Mpilo-End Bay also threw missiles (mineral water containers, soft drink and beer cans) onto the field of play in protest over a decision that I had ruled in favour of Highlanders.
“Consequently, the two clubs — Highlanders FC and Dynamos FC have been fined a sum of $8 000 each, as per the PSL standing orders.”
Kenny Ndebele, the PSL chief executive officer, bemoaned disorder during matches.
“The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League is concerned with acts of misconduct and violence during and after football matches. We would like to appeal to all club officials, coaches, team managers, fans and all our stakeholders to practise fair play. Fair play means respect,” Ndebele wrote.
“Respect is part of our game. Everyone has the same rights, including the right to be respected. Teammates, opponents, referees and fans must be respected. Referees are there to maintain discipline and fair play. Always accept their decisions without arguing and help them to enable all participants to have a more enjoyable game. Officials are also part of the game and must be respected accordingly. Spectators give the game atmosphere. They want to see the game played fairly, but must also behave fairly and respect themselves.”
This is the second time Dynamos have been hit with a similar fine by the PSL this season for their violent conduct.
Last month Dynamos and Caps United were fined $8 000 each for their conduct during their PSL match at Rufaro Stadium.