By Sibongiseni Zondi | 2018-03-13
SOCCER - MBABANE Highlanders and Green Mamba face E10 000 fine each for failing to control their supporters in the SwaziBank Cup last 16 on Sunday at Somhlolo National Stadium.
Sections from both sides’ sets of supporters invaded the Somhlolo pitch after Green Mamba’s 1-0 victory over Mbabane Swallows, a victory which ended Swallows’ run of 27 matches without defeat domestically this season.
Article 1 (14, b) of the SwaziBank Cup rules and regulations defines ‘Unsporting Behaviour’ and ‘Misconduct’ as, “Invading the field of play, throwing of any object(s) into the field of play or its surrounding or unto persons, thus assaulting or attempting to assault, use of threating words, and physical manhandling with intent to assault or to cause bodily harm.”
While no section in the rules specifically addresses the issue of supporters invading the pitch after a match, Article 8 (1) of the rules states that, “Any club whose member(s), player(s), official(s) or supporter(s)/fan(s) engage in unsporting or violent misconduct before, during or after a match: shall be liable to punishment.”
Section (f) under the same article 8 reads, “Failure by a club (s) to control their officials or players or supporters or fans- a minimum fine of E3, 000and a maximum fine of E10 000 by the DC.”
This, therefore, means both sides are likely to be fined for failing to control their supporters after Sunday’s match. When reached for comment on the issue yesterday, Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) COO Pat Vilakati said it was better to wait for the referees report before commenting.
“Let’s wait for the reports. To comment now before we get the reports would be unwise,” Vilakati said.
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