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Dynamos threatens Easy Call pull out over Mutuma, Chinyama verdict

02/12/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Advised his players to appeal ban ... Tonderai Ndiraya
 
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DYNAMOS' semi-final of the Easy Call Cup against bitter rivals Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium at the weekend hangs in the balance with the Harare giants threatening to withdraw from the tournament over the ban of their two strikers Takesure Chinyama and Roderick Mutuma.

The pair was banned for four matches over violent conduct in the Chibuku Super Cup final against Harare City in October.

Dynamos secretary Webster Chikengezha charged that there was selective application of the law by the PSL.

"We will withdraw from the Easy Call Cup semis if the playing field remained uneven. It is not about the sponsors Net One but the PSL management. Their decisions are always against us,” he said.

“Philani Ncube was the referee for the match against Harare City and we told the match commissioner that we were playing under protest because Ncube doesn’t like Dynamos.

“We are going to meet the PSL on Thursday but if the playing field remains uneven we will be left with no option but to withdraw from the tournament.”

Besides the ban, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee also ruled that the two should pay a $1 000 fine each.

The initial fine imposed was $1 500, but $500 was suspended on condition they do not commit the same offence this season.

The effective fine together with costs for the hearing must be paid by December 31, 2015.
The players were found guilty of charging at referee, Philani Ncube, in a violent manner after their 2-1 loss to Harare City.

Mutuma was said to be the more vocal and in the process abused the referee making references to the reasons why Zimbabwean match officials were fired from Cosafa.

Everything was captured on video and, according to the judgment, it clearly showed the two “charging” towards the referee.

Players advised to appeal

The ban is with immediate effect, but if the two decide to appeal against conviction they will be able to participate in the weekend fixture.

Dynamos coach, Tonderai Ndiraya has already said he will advise the players to appeal.

The PSL disciplinary committee, chaired by Vusi Vuma, said in arriving at the sentence, they took into account that there was need to ensure players did not act on their emotions.

In their defence during the hearing, the two players had argued that they were metres away from the referee and never behaved in the manner they were accused to have.



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Dynamos secretary, Webster Chikengezha, who attended the hearing with the players, said he had raised concern prior to the match about the referee, whom he accused of being biased against his team.

He argued that the referee had been biased and the players reacted and he went on to tell the disciplinary committee that: “Football is a game of emotions.

“It was unreasonable to expect players to keep quiet, especially if they feel that the decision made by the referee is wrong they will charge against the referee and this happens the world over.”

He also argued that there was selective prosecution as How Mine players had also charged at the referee in their match against DeMbare, but nothing was done.


 
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