By Shelly Guni
Following an increase in harassment of match officials, the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League has denounced violent and unsportsmanlike behavior on the pitch.
This comes after the Sunday incident in which a number of CAPS United supporters attacked match referee Jimmy Makwanda following their 1-all draw with Simba Bhora at the National Sports Stadium.
Just two weeks’ prior, Edgar Rumeki, another match official who served as one of the assistance referees during the match between Herentals and Dynamos, was struck by a missile, cutting his arm.
In a statement, PSL said:
“We note with concern the recent attacks on match officials during Castle Lager Premier Soccer League matches. The Premier Soccer League strongly condemns any form of abuse, harassment, or assault on match officials.
“The referees are there to apply the laws of the game, and their decisions must be respected by the clubs and all stakeholders.”
PSL went on to urge clubs to lodge official complaints if they are not happy with the match officials’ decisions.
“The Premier Soccer League is determined to ensure that such behaviour is stamped out of the game and will be taking the necessary disciplinary action as provided in the PL Rules and Regulations.”