ZIFA has reportedly suspended Allan Mpofu who is the Bulawayo Metropolitan Vice Chairman for contravening ‘Section 11 (2) (d)’ of the Fifa Code of Conduct, 2019 which the publication claims doesn’t exist, The Sunday mail reports.
This came to light in a letter from the association’s CEO Joseph Mamutse, in which Zifa is accusing Mpofu of ‘behaving in a way that brings the sport of football and or Fifa into disrepute:
We advise you that you are hereby suspended from being a committee member of Zifa Bulawayo Province with effect from the date of this letter. The reason for the suspension is to enable the association to do investigations and disciplinary proceedings. The association has reasonable belief that you committed a misconduct for contravention of Section 11 (2) (d) of the Fifa Code of Conduct, 2019
Vic falls based Lawyer Matshobana Ncube commenting the issue said ZIFA used a legal nullity to suspended Mpofu:
It appears to me that what Zifa has done is patently wrong. Zifa has no capacity to implement Fifa statutes without first domesticating them. If Zifa desires to use Fifa statutes within Zimbabwe, they have to first domesticate those statutes so that they become Zifa laws at domestic level. In so far as the charges are presently framed against Allan Mpofu, because they do not in any way involve an infraction of Zifa statutes they cannot stand, they are a nullity.
It’s like they were never there in the first place and must be withdrawn and Zifa should do its homework and do the proper thing and domesticate Fifa statutes if they want to punish such conduct going into the future. Moreover, Zifa has done another wrong by quoting a non-existent statute in Fifa regulations. It’s not possible for Zifa to create its own provisions which do not exist at Fifa level; that is patently wrong, that is patently unlawful. Zifa should not be doing this, it’s quiet embarrassing,
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