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Abandoned Bosso, Dembare tie sparks social media rows

15/05/2017 00:00:00
by BBC
 
President of the Zimbabwe Soccer Supporters Association, Eddie Chivero
 
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ZIMBABWEAN football fans have taken to social media to vent their spleen following the abandonment of the country's biggest derby on Sunday.

There was plenty of confusion and a smattering of anger when the Premier League match between Highlanders and Dynamos, the most famous and successful clubs, was called off just before the break.

The referee took the decision with the score at 1-1 as he feared for the safety of one of his assistants at a packed Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.

In yet another incident that raised questions over issues of crowd control, Highlanders fans furious with the Dynamos equaliser took matters into their own hands and started throwing objects at assistant referee Thomas Kusosa, accusing him of allowing an "off-side" goal to stand.

Disturbances went on for an hour as fans and Highlanders players demanded that the assistant referee be replaced.

"I guess that we should have accepted that the referee has the final say, but we are a mixed multitude, and not all of our supporters will accept such a decision," said Highlanders chairman Modern Ngwenya.

Football fans have been arguing on social media about the abandoned game.

Zimbabwe's biggest derby has a history of crowd trouble but anti-violence banners at the stadium and pleas before the match for supporters to remain calm were of little benefit.

Eddie Chivero, the president of the Zimbabwe Soccer Supporters Association, feels that CCTV cameras are needed to monitor and identify troublemakers.

"We condemn violence in our football, but there is no way that we are going to identify the culprits unless we have CCTV cameras in our stadiums," said Chivero.

"It's supposed to be priority number one, and stadiums without CCTV should not be allowed to host matches.

None of Zimbabwe's stadiums has cameras in the stands, and the authorities are unlikely to make it happen for a while.

 
 


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