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Gwindi moves to save Zifa presidency run
02/03/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Apology ... Leslie Gwindi
 
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FORMER Dynamos and PSL secretary general Leslie Gwindi who is also vying for the Zifa presidency issued an apology to the national association, the PSL and Delta Beverages who sponsor the league through their Castle Lager brand on Sunday.

The Harare City football club chair paid a US$6,000 fine to meet one of the conditions set aside by the Zifa disciplinary committee.

But he had yet to apologise to the public for the utterances made at the Bulawayo press club in March as demanded by the Zifa disciplinary committee which found him guilty of bringing the game of football into disrepute.

The outspoken official however, apologised in the main stream media on Sunday.

"Following the decision of the Zifa Disciplinary Committee which found me guilty of using bad language and sentenced me to, amongst other things, to publish an apology to Zifa, the PSL and the league sponsors,” he said.

“I do hereby unreservedly retract my statements made at Bulawayo Sports Club which were ruled to be in bad taste by the committee and sincerely apologise to Zifa and its executive members, Premier Soccer League and the league sponsors namely Delta Beverages for any inconvenience caused.

“The utterances were never intended to cause any harm but were made pursuant to freedom of expression bestowed on me by the Constitution of Zimbabwe and for the furtherance of football in Zimbabwe.

If I overstepped in the process and injured feelings of some other people, I apologise.”

Gwindi had been found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute following his public utterances in Bulawayo in March last year.

He is alleged to have attacked Delta Beverages who sponsor the league through their Castle Lager brand, Zifa and the PSL.

The Zifa disciplinary committee banned him for five-years and wholly suspended three years while the remaining two-years were to be suspended on condition that he met certain conditions set aside by Zifa.

The committee had pointed out that one year would be suspended on condition that he paid a fine of US$6 000 within a fortnight of the judgment.

Another one year was also set aside on condition that he publicly apologised to Zifa, the PSL and the league's sponsors.


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