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ZIFA blasts violent referee attack

ZIFA has castigated the violent attack on referee Mercy Maimbo by the Black Rhinos pair of Rufaro Machingura and Tariro Makumbe during the NetOne Cup final at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.
The Army side lost 4-5 on penalties to Bulawayo’s Inline academy. The two Women’s Super League teams were tied 2-2 after extra time.
In a statement, Zifa Spokeperson Xolisani Gwesela said the soccer mother body condemned the violent attack on the referee and said the two players would be dealt with in terms of football statutes.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) would like to condemn in the strongest terms the violent attack on referee Mercy Maimbo by Black Rhinos Queens players, Rufaro Machingura and Tariro Makumbe during the Netone Cup final on Saturday.
“In terms of the laws of the game, referees are empowered to have the final decision and we would like to make it explicitly clear that that REFEREES ARE UNTOUCHABLE.
“We do not condone violence and the two culprits will inevitably face the full wrath of football statutes.
“The beautiful game of football celebrates ethos of non-violence and fair play, hence the rogue and violent behaviour of the two players cannot go unpunished,” read ZIFA’s statement .  
The two players were arrested on Saturday and will appear in court on Tuesday.  .Advertisement