Dynamos, Highlanders fined over crowd trouble

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The match between Highlanders and Dynamos was abandoned after fans from both teams invaded the pitch at Babourfields stadium last month

Premier Soccer League rivals Highlanders and Dynamos have been found guilty and fined following incidents of violence and hooliganism that resulted in the abandonment of their league match at Barbourfields Stadium last month.

Dynamos FC have been found guilty of breaching PSL Rules and Regulations and fined a sum of US$7 500 together with the costs of the hearing, all of which shall be paid within fifteen days of receipt of the judgment.

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“In addition the match has been awarded to Highlanders FC on a three nil score line. Highlanders FC were also found guilty and fined US$5,000,” the PSL said in a statement.

“The fine together with the costs of the hearing shall be paid within fifteen days of receiving the judgment.”

The match was abandoned just after Highlanders forward Washington Navaya had just fired home an injury-time strike that put the home side ahead.

The goal torched unorthodox scenes of celebration by a section of home fans who invaded the pitch in jubilation while Dynamos players surrounded the referee protesting his decision to allow the goal.

The Dynamos fans invaded the pitch, ripping the nets. Anti-riot police watched the chaos as it unfolded in front of them.

With the ugly scenes taking centre stage, the match could not proceed, leading to another abandonment of the usually fiery clash between the biggest teams in Zimbabwean football.

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