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Crowd Trouble Ends FC Platinum, Highlanders Match Prematurely

Highlanders supporters disrupted a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League clash against FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium on Saturday resulting in the abandonment of the match.

Bosso fans were incensed when referee Kuzivakwashe Jaravaza awarded FC Platinum a penalty eight minutes before full time when the scores were 1-1.

The Highlanders supporters invaded the pitch with the intention of attacking match officials, Jaravaza and assistant referee Albinos Zigwati who were involved in the decision.

Police officers then fired tear gas in a bid to disperse the irate fans forcing match officials to abandon the match.

Highlanders are likely to be sanctioned by the Premier League (PSL) for failing to control their fans.

The referee awarded the penalty in the 82nd minute after Highlanders defender Peter Muduhwa pulled down Walter Musona just outside the box.

The decision infuriated Bosso fans, while Highlanders players also refused to resume play after the decision.

This is not the first time that Highlanders fans have forced the abandonment of a PSL match against FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium.

In May 2017, a match between the two clubs at the same venue was abandoned after Ralph Matema had brought down FC Platinum striker, Charles Sibanda, seemingly in the area, with Petros Mhari converting the spot-kick, reported Soccer24.

Police fired teargas to try and control the crowd leading to more violence, with players, the media and fans all not being spared before the game was abandoned.

The incident occurred only weeks after Highlanders’ match against Dynamos was also abandoned following crowd trouble after a Dynamos goal, seemingly scored from an offside position, was granted.

More: Soccer24

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