Highlanders fans to raise PSL fine, club bosses says violence not caused by genuine supporters

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A GROUP of Highlanders Football Club fans said they were raising funds to pay the impending Premier Soccer League (PSL) fine for crowd trouble that took place Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
The decision by the Bosso fans comes after the PSL management summoned the club officials to appear before the disciplinary committee next Tuesday following crowd trouble which led to the abandonment of their league match against rivals Dynamos.
The campaign is running under the banner ‘Asifuni Bumbulu’ (No nonsense).
Some fans pelted assistant referee Thomas Kusosa with missiles and invaded the pitch after Dynamos equalised in the 41st minute through a goal many thought was a “clear offside”.
Speaking to this publication one the coordinators of the fundraising campaign team one Buhle Ncube said the people who caused the mayhem and abandonment of the match between Bosso and Dembare are not genuine Highlanders FC soccer fans.
She said, “These are people who come wearing black and white regalia with the ‘goal’ of causing trouble knowing fully well that it will be attributed to the home team fans.
“Bosso soccer fans pay to watch the game not to cause violence, therefore to show that we are against any form of violence or trouble, we call upon genuine Boss fans to pay a dollar to help the team settle its fine.
“Our team is currently facing some financial challenges and whatever amount raised will go a long way in helping the team.”
According to her, the fans will, on Saturday, gather at the Highlander’s Sports Club where they will discuss how to stop further disturbances at Barbourfields Stadium.   

Meanwhile, Highlanders CEO, Nhlanhla Dube, said his club was are aware of and understand the concerns of their fans regarding the almost consistent deployment of a particular match official to officiate at matches featuring their club.
In a statement, Dube said they recognize that the goal scored by their opponents during the match raised questions regarding its legitimacy as it appeared to their fans and players to have been scored from a suspected offside position and appreciate that this contributed immensely to the events which led to the match ending prematurely.Advertisement

However, Dube said violence was “inexcusable” and, as a club, they “condemn the unfortunate behavior in the strongest of terms and dissociate the club from all forms of misconduct”.
“Highlanders Football Club categorically stands unequivocally opposed to all forms of disruptive behavior occurring before, during and after football games.
“Our club regards missile throwing, pitch invasion and other acts that disrupt the smooth proceedings of football matches as abhorrent.
“It is our sincere belief that true football fans and genuine Highlanders F.C followers want to see fairness in the game and understand the cost of disruptive behavior even when they do not agree with a call made by match officials,” said Dube.
He added, “It is our sincere belief that those who threw missiles and invaded the pitch are not genuine Highlanders fans and we urge our fans to protect the image of their club, interests of the sponsors, and partners and all stakeholders at all times.”