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Poor Refereeing Contributes To Hooliganism, Says Romario

Poor Refereeing Contributes To Hooliganism, Says Romario

Prominent Dynamos and Warriors fan Chris “Romario” Musekiwa said that hooliganism has no room in football but also questioned the standard of officiating at Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches.

This comes after the PSL suspended all top-flight fixtures following crowd trouble during FC Platinum versus Highlanders and Highlanders versus Dynamos matches in recent weeks.

Before the Barbourfields chaos last Sunday, violence broke out at Mandava Stadium when FC Platinum hosted Highlanders in a league match.

The violence prompted PSL leadership to call for a stakeholders indaba to brainstorm on how to eradicate hooliganism from football.

In his contributions in a leaked WhatsApp chat that involved PSL bosses and stakeholders, Musekiwa called for stiff sanctions to be meted on hooligans. He said:

Hooliganism has no room in our beautiful game of football, hence hooligans and perpetrators of violence must be brought to book.

Those who lead in crowd trouble must be heavily dealt with and the laws of the land must also punish them as well.

Such kind of behaviour may compromise football sponsorship and even close doors for those that intend to join in.

My appeal to the PSL Leadership is to find a way to deal with this once and for all.

We have also noted with a great concern some incompetent and inexperienced match officials who are being tasked to handle high profile matches pitting the nation’s biggest clubs, with a case in point being the ones who handled the Battle of Supremacy part one between the Harare giants Dynamos, and the Bulawayo giants Highlanders, who we all feel should be suspended and be sent back to the school of refereeing once more.

With such kind of officiating we wish that the likes of Felix Tangawarima, Wilfred Mukuna, Wonder Kalota (late), Tichaona Chapfika (late) and Ngonidzashe Boyd were still up and about to officiate.

Another contributor by the name Masaisai seemed to blame football coaches for fans’ frustrations which leads to violence.

He suggested that fans engage in hooliganism because they would be frustrated with “boring football”.

More: The Herald

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Asalif 1 month ago

restrictions and laws at the grounds are not being followed beer is being sold in the grounds vehicles and persons are not being searched as before the whole stadia will be a beerhall with roudy thugs, thieves, machete gangs,touts all those kind of criminals will be drunk and violent

Twabam 1 month ago

As for me my view is that,,, every game must have ma soilders so that vanhu vakada kuonererwa vanongomamiswa. Haaa vakanyatso rohwa havazviite futi.

Mafirakureva 1 month ago

No to martial law please. Keep soldiers in barracks.

Bringing in soldiers is what has got us into this Mnangagwa mess

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

I wholly support Romario for his comment that hooliganism has no space in our beautiful game of soccer. At the same time I must also add that the referee's decision is final. Football Clubs must rein in their supporters and ban them from attending matches. ZIFA must make sure that their referees' standard of officiating is upto scratch. In the past we also had incidents of violence, but not at the rate it is happening now that every weekend there is an incident where a match is abandoned. We had good referees in the personalities of Felix Tangawarima, Wilfred Mkunha and others, who were referees of repute.


Bright 1 month ago

Yaa ma ref emuno ma one ummm

nothing more 1 month ago

hooligans are Mnangagwa as his Zanu pf followers

Soccer Pundit 1 month ago

That's why everyone is clamouring for change. Some of us would have wished kuti dayi varungu(whites) vadzoka. Our only apprehension is that we will be labelled sellouts. But honestly speaking if they were there every stadium would be having state of the art facilities including CCTV. They would be by now spaghetti roads and bullet trains leading to Rufaro,Barbourfields,Live,Gwanzura etc etc. The hooligans who caused the melee at the Highlanders/DeMbare game would have been nabbed ,convicted and jailed. The perpetrators would by now have been banned. Zvino Zimbabwe under Zanu unobhana Ani,how unomuwanepi.

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