The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has condemned the disturbances that took place at Barbourfields stadium during the Premier Soccer league match pitting Dynamos Football Club against Highlanders Football Club which led to the abandonment of the match in the 41st minute.
In a statement to ZBC News, SRC Acting Director General Joseph Muchechetere said what transpired at Barbourfields stadium is totally unacceptable in sport and more precisely football.
He said football is supposed to be a family sport, hence violence has no space in the world’s most beautiful game.
“While the facts are still scant, we want to place it on record that violence at football matches or any other sport cannot be tolerated as this negates the values and ethos of sport which promote friendship among other values,” said Muchechetere.
Muchechetere further added that as the regulator of sport and recreation in the country, they condemned what had happened in the strongest possible terms.
The SRC urged the local football motherbody, ZIFA, to get to the bottom of this undesirable incident.
“We would like to implore ZIFA and PSL to get to the bottom of this unfortunate incident and take decisive action against those found on the wrong side of law.
“This behaviour scares away sponsors and would-be sponsors and as the leader of the sport sector we cannot fold our arms and watch in akimbo while hooliganism rares it’s ugly head. We shall be engaging both ZIFA and PSL with a view to finding a lasting solution to the serious challenge which is threatening our sport,” Muchechetere added.
Muchechetere urged football fans to restrain themselves and respect the decision of the referees since the clubs have a way of seeking recourse if they feel aggrieved.
He added that all the sport loving fans must to learn to tolerate and accept the referees decisions in the spirit of friendship.
The match was abandoned when both teams were 1-all in the 40th minute, following the Dynamos equaliser by Cameroonian striker Christian Epoupa five minutes from the break.
The violence that occurred at Barbourfields yesterday was allegedly caused by some fans who felt hard done by the referee’s decision to award Dynamos that equaliser, which some felt it was an offside and should not have stood.