THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) Disciplinary Committee has fined Chicken Inn head coach Rahman Gumbo for causing the abandonment of their Chibuku Super Cup first round encounter against Yadah Football Club.
The match, played at Ascot Stadium in Gweru on September 23, ended prematurely after Chicken Inn players walked off the pitch following the awarding of a penalty to their opponents in the 89th minute.
The Bulawayo side was later dragged to the PSL Disciplinary Committee which found them guilty and awarded the match to Yadah on a 3 – 0 score line.
The Gamecocks were fined $2000 and were banned from participating in the 2018 edition of the Chibuku Super Cup.
Pursuant to that, Gumbo was also hauled before the same committee for his starring role in the abandonment of the match.
In a statement Monday, the PSL announced, “Rahman Gumbo was found guilty of contravening Order 31.4 of the Premier Soccer League Rules and Regulations which makes it an offence: On the part of an official, where the said official causues the abandonment of a match”.
The League`s Communications and Media Liason Officer, Kudzai Bare, added: “In coming up with their judgement, the Disciplinary Committee noted that it was clear that Rahman Gumbo caused the abandonment of the match when he ordered his players off the field of play in protest against the referee`s decision.
“Rahman Gumbo was fined a sum of $2500 of which $500 was suspended for the rest of the 2017 season on condition that the accused is not convicted of a similar offence.”
According to Bare, “the effective fine of $2000, together with the costs of the hearing, is to be paid by 30 November 2017”.
The judgement is likely to damper Gumbo`s mood as he prepares for his last game of the season against championship chasing Dynamos Football Club.
A Dynamos win and a loss for log leaders FC Platinum in their make or break match against fellow Midlands side Chapungu could give the title to the Glamour Boys.