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By Qondile Ntiwane | 2017-12-07

SOCCER - PLAYERS, officials or supporters found guilty of assaulting a referee in the SMVAF Ingwenyama Cup will be fined a maximum of E100 000.

This is according to the rules and regulations of the tournament which kicks off tomorrow night.

Article 10(2) states that any player, official, and supporters who engage in unsporting behaviour shall be liable to a punishment.

Article (10) (3) (d) states that such conduct carries a minimum fine of E10 000 and E100 000 maximum. It also states that the offending club shall also be ordered to compensate the victim for any financial loss incurred due to the assault.

The rules also state that uttering abusive or obscene or derogatory words or spiting saliva onto any person or directed towards a person will see the perpetrator fined a maximum of E10 000 if found guilty of the charge.

The  rules also provide, on Article 5 that any club reporting after 15 minutes for checking after the scheduled time for the match will be summarily fined an amount equivalent to 50 per cent of its gate takings or E25 000, whichever is greater.

Meanwhile, the rules also state that clubs, officials and supporters will be fined a summary fine of E10 000 should they publish or make statements that may bring the tournament, sponsor, NFAS, PLS, Regional Association, other clubs and the MC into disrepute.

The country’s big three have been fixtured at the Somhlolo National Stadium for the Grand opening.

Highlanders will be first to take to the pitch and will lock horns with the regional champions of the tournament City Warriors at 11am while hub giants Manzini Wanderers have a date with  Sikhalo se-Africa at 1pm. Defending Champions Mbabane Swallows will take on Stumbo XI in the last clash of the day at 3pm.

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