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Football fan charged over Highlanders Chicken Inn match violence
17/08/2016 00:00:00
by Bulawayo correspondent
 
 
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A FOOTBALL fan who was arrested during skirmishes that rocked a football match between two Bulawayo based premier soccer league teams at the weekend has appeared before a local magistrate charged with public violence.

The match between Highlanders Football Club and its cross town rivals, the current champions, Chicken Inn, was rocked by violent scenes when players, team officials and fans were involved in skirmishes following an alleged dubious decision by the referee. 

Never Nxumalo, 25, appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Adelaide Mbeure, charged with public violence. He was released on $20 bail and is set to return to court on August 22 for trial. 

Nxumalo was arrested on Sunday, after fans invaded the pitch after a ‘dubious decision’ by referee Nkosikhona Moyo, who denied what looked like the winning goal for Chicken Inn during extra time. 

The game cocks midfielder, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, thought he had scored the winner when the referee blew to end the match. 

As a result, Chicken Inn players mobbed Moyo disputing his decision. At the same time, Highlanders players charged at the assistant referee protesting why he had not flagged Kutinyu as offside. 

Fans then took advantage of the chaos in the pitch to encroach into the ground thereby clashing with police officers. 

A police officer was seriously injured during the skirmishes. 



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