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$40K in fines for PSL clubs

Raymond Jaravaza
ERRANT clubs were slapped with fines totalling $40 550 by the Premier Soccer League last year for offences ranging from missile throwing by fans to coaches’ failure to conduct interviews with the media.

Caps United head coach Lloyd Chitembwe set his club back financially by $4 875 for refusing to entertain the media during pre and post-match interviews.

Chitembwe would instead delegate his assistant Fungai Kwashi, in violation of the PSL Standing Orders which stipulate that a head coach must grant interviews before and after a match.

Every time Chitembwe declined to talk to the media he was slapped with a $125 fine and his club Caps United were left $500 poorer for failing to whip their coach into line.

Rahman Gumbo, the then Chicken Inn coach, was not to be outdone as he also refused to grant the media interviews on two occasions, attracting a fine of $1 500 for himself and the Gamecocks.

Highlanders were hauled before the PSL disciplinary committee three times in the 2017 season charged with violent conduct by their fans and lost all the cases.

Bosso were fined $6 000.

On 23 April Bosso fans threw missiles into Barbourfields Stadium in a match against ZPC Kariba and they repeated the same offence a week later at the same venue in a game against Ngezi Platinum. The Bosso fans were at it again at Rufaro Stadium when they threw missiles into the pitch in a match against Yadah FC.

Each case attracted a fine of $2 000.

Even relegated Bantu Rovers, despite playing one of their worst seasons in the PSL, didn’t escape the 2017 campaign without a misdemeanour.

On 17 April 2017 a Bantu Rovers goalkeeper walked into Luveve Stadium wearing a jersey without the league sponsors, Castle Lager, logo and the team was fined $25.

Tsholotsho FC learnt it the expensive way that using an undesignated entry point into a stadium carries a fine of $750 when their players and officials decided to break the rules before a match against Bulawayo City at Barbourfields Stadium on 27 September 2017.

The statistics were supplied to B-Metro Sport by the PSL.