News:Minister Comments On Violence At Soccer Matches. Blames Zifa's Inaction For Continued Violence
Sports and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane condemned the level of violence in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. Hlongwane told a press conference in the Harare yesterday that Government wanted Zifa, to put in place a system that will ensure that hooligans who tarnish the image of the game are weeded out, including bans being imposed on known serial offenders.
It is Government’s view that the lack of decisive action on these very important matters of football by Zifa have allowed the culture of violence to continue to breed at football matches. The lack of disciplinary action on the Zifa board member, who invaded the pitch in Mutare and threatened officials, is creating an impression that Zifa itself is sheltering merchants of violence within its structures and promoting a culture of impunity. Government is therefore, advising Zifa to lead by example and to take stern action on all perpetrators of violence in all the cited incidences including the Highlanders-Chicken Inn match.
Zifa, on their part, also urged clubs to expedite the spectator education programmes in order to ensure the hooligan element is extinguished from the various venues.The association’s spokesman Xolisani Gwesela said,
Zifa encourages clubs to educate their fans and devise strategies to curb these despicable acts of violence. Zifa also urges the law enforcement agencies to be resolute and clamp down heavily on these malcontents to serve as a deterrence for future occurrence.
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