The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has fined FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza and Manica Diamonds coach Johanisi Nhumwa US$1 200 each for criticising the performance of referees.
Mapeza criticised the performance of match officials after his side’s goalless draw with Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Speaking during a post-match interview, Mapeza complained that the match official gave DeMbare too many “soft free kicks”.
Nhumwa also criticised referees in his side’s 1-1 stalemate with Herentals College at Vengere Stadium.
Under Order 13 of the Premier Soccer League Standing Orders and Fines, it is an offence for a player or coach to make comments in the media implying bias or questioning the integrity of match officials, thereby bringing the league or its sponsors into disrepute. The PSL said in a statement:
The Premier Soccer League has fined Manica Diamonds coach Johanisi Nhumwa and FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza for breaching PSL Rules and Regulations following statements on match officiating they made after the Castle Lager Matchday 21 Fixtures played over the weekend.