Epoupa’s crime that earned him the marching orders

Highlanders stopped Dynamos from registering a seventh win in a row, after holding them to a 1-all draw at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.
The match was however marred with missile throwing on the pitch by Dynamos fans after in-form striker, Christian Epoupa Ntouba was sent off late in the second half for head-butting Peter Muduhwa.
Epoupa had given Dynamos the lead in the 1st minute before Benson Phiri equalized for Bosso in the 60th minute.
After the match, Dynamos coach, Lloyd Mutasa and his Highlanders counterpart, Elroy Akbay complained of poor officiating, saying the referee failed to control the match and protect players.
Before the red card, Epoupa was a victim of crude tackles and his frustration was evident when he headbutted Muduhwa. 
Matches between the two giants of Zimbabwean football are in most cases marred with missile throwing and violence, and both sets of fans accuse each other of being the culprits.
On May 14, the match between the two teams at Babourfields Stadium was abandoned as Highlanders fans threw missiles after an Epoupa equaliser, which they felt was off-side.
Replays however showed that Epoupa was played onside by a Highlanders defender who tried to clear the ball away from safety, so the goal was legitimate.
After all considerations, the PSL ruled the match in favour of Dynamos, giving them a 3-nil score-line and a $4000 fine for Bosso.
Highlanders was again caught off-side the same month in another match against FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane and the match was abandoned in the 93rd minute.
While today’s events did not lead to the abandonment of the match, it is left to be seen how PSL and ZIFA will react, if they are really committed to ensure quality officiating and end hooliganism in Zimbabwean football.