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PSL fines reduced

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THE Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) board of governors has drastically reduced fines by 75% following appeals by clubs who felt they were too high.

TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

The top-flight league management last season imposed fines as high as $8 000 for pitch invasion by fans — the most common crime under the standing orders. Standing orders cases do not go before a disciplinary committee. Reigning champions Dynamos were the hardest hit after the PSL withheld their $70 000 prize money having written to them demanding a total of $78 700 in fines.

But with the recent resolution passed by the board of governors, this will see such a crime attracting a fine of $2 000 this season.

PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele said the board of governors resolved to reduce the fines after clubs felt they were too high and taking a huge strain on their income in this tough operating environment. The PSL boss, however, said the clubs undertook to do some educational campaigns with their fans to curb violence before, during and after matches.

“The board of governors of the PSL resolved to reduce last season’s standing orders fines by 75%. The clubs felt the fines were too high so the board looked into the case and made the resolution to reduce them by 75%.

“The clubs, however, made a commitment to go to their fans for educational campaigns against violence before, during and after matches,” Ndebele said.

He said it was one of the reasons why they have implored clubs to have a club licensing system whereby they employ media liaison officers who help them to reach out to their fans in those educational campaigns against violence.

According to Ndebele the sanctions will be imposed immediately after the league has received reports from match commissioners and referees.

He however, said fines for offences committed last year remained unchanged.

Schedule

  •  Offence
    Using a kit without player names or improperly printed on the back of the shirt.
    Action to be taken
    The player or players will be allowed to play, but a fine of $25 per player shall be imposed.
  • Offence
    Using a playing kit with the name of a player or sponsors logo not properly secured as per standard PSL kit regulations
    Action to be taken
    The player or players will be allowed to play but a fine of $25 per player is imposed.
  • Offence
    Failure to fulfil a PSL fixture without a valid reason.
    Action to be taken
    Three points are awarded to the opposing team on a 3-0 score line. A fine of $1 250 shall be imposed.
  • Offence
    Use of unregistered or improperly registered player in a PSL match.
    Action to be taken
    Three points are awarded to the opposing team on a 3-0 scoreline. A fine of $1 250 shall be imposed.
  • Offence
    (i) Arriving at the match venue fifteen minutes late of official kick off time.
    (ii) Delaying match kick-off.
    Action to be taken
    Offending club is fined $250
  • Offence
    Failure or refusal by a team to use designated dressing rooms
    Action to be taken
    Offending club to be fined $750
  • Offence
    Failure by a team to enter the stadium and or field of play through a designated entry point
    Action to be taken
    Offending club to be fined $750
  • Offence
    Causing the abandonment of a PSL match
    Action to be taken
    Refer to disciplinary committee who shall impose a fine of not less than $2 000
  • Offence
    Failure by a club to exercise control over its fans before, during and after the match leading to chaos or violence
    Action to be taken
    Refer case to disciplinary committee and/or a fine of not less than $2 000 imposed on the club who commit the Offence.
  • Offence
    Failure to properly account for gate takings during a match.
    Action to be taken
    Fine of 10% of gross gate takings or $500 is imposed which ever is higher
  • Offence
    Use of abusive language and any un sportsmanship conduct by a club official during and after the match.
    Action to be taken
    Fines of $250 imposed on the offending person and/or refer case to disciplinary committee.
  • Offence
    Failure or refusal to conduct pre-match or post-match interviews by the head coach, captain or player.
    Action to be taken
    A fine of $125 will be imposed on the offending head coach, captain or player the club will be fined $500.
  • Offence
    If a player or official makes comments in the media or social media in which they imply bias, question the integrity or any comments which brings the name of the League and its sponsors into disrepute..
    Action to be taken
    A fine of $ 1 250 will be imposed on the player or official’s club. No action will be taken if the has sanctioned the said player or official within fourteen (14) days of committing the said offence
  • Offence
    A coach, manager or member of the technical team expelled from the technical area before or during a match.
    Action to be taken
    A fine of $125 is imposed
  • Offence
    Failure to provide adequate security at match venue by the home team.
    Action to be taken
    A fine of $1 250 is imposed
  • Offence
    Failure to provide secure and properly cleaned dressing room facilities for players and officials Action to be taken A fine of $375 imposed on the home team
    Offence
    Any individual, official or club representative or club sponsor that moves, tampers with and obstructs designated official stadium advertising material.
    This also includes, but is not limited to the provision of any extra touchline branding material that has not been approved by the relevant authorities.
    Action to be taken
    A fine of $750 imposed on the home team.
  • Offence
    A club that fails to provide requested documents, material or details by the set deadline date and time (this information includes, but is not limited to official team line-ups and formation, club registration details, sample club regalia, flags or any other relevant material as requested by the PSL)
    Action to be taken
    A fine of $250is imposed

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