HARARE – Last weekend’s abandoned Castle Lager Premiership match between Highlanders and Dynamos created a lot of heated debate.
What is really sad about the aftermath of the events at Barbourfields Stadium is that the real issue at hand was ignored.
The fans and even the media placed a lot of emphasis on whether Christian Ntouba’s strike was offside or not while forgetting to roundly condemn the violence that caused the match to be abandoned.
Trying to justify whether assistant referee Thomas Kusosa was right or wrong is a trivial matter in this case.
The Highlanders fans simply did not and will never have the right to take the law into their own hands whenever they feel a decision has gone against their team.
Match officials are also human and they can make genuine mistakes which should not give credence to the violence which rocked Barbourfields last weekend.
During the same weekend, there were a lot of high profile refereeing decisions across the globe but none of those matches were abandoned after fans rioted.
Sevilla felt aggrieved when the referee allowed Nacho’s controversial goal scored from a quick free kick to stand for Real Madrid last Sunday.
The Sevilla players and fans protested against the decision but allowed the match to go ahead since the referee had already allowed Nacho’s strike to stand.
Last Saturday, Leicester City also felt hard done by the match officials after they allowed a contentious strike by David Silva to count when it appeared that Raheem Sterling, who was in an offside position had taken a touch.
The Foxes players and fans took it on the chin as they allowed the game to continue without resorting to use violence to change the match officials’ mind.
This is what the Highlanders fans must appreciate that throwing missiles onto the pitch will not change a decision that has been made by a referee.
Now it is the club that has to bear the brunt of the Premier Soccer League after they were summoned to a disciplinary hearing this coming weekend.
There is no doubt Bosso will face a heavy fine for the behaviour of their fans and with their previous suspended sentence, that fine is likely to be huge.
It is the club that these fans are purporting to be fond of which will lose a lot of money.
There is also a huge possibility that Highlanders will be docked points which will be a heavy blow to their quest to win the league title.