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Violent Chegutu Pirates Fans Force Linesmen to Switch Sides

In a tense match between Caps United and Chegutu Pirates at Rufaro Stadium, the assistant referees had to switch sides to calm the violent Chegutu Pirates fan base.


The disruption began when Pirates fans, occupying the Vietnam Stand, started throwing missiles at one of the linesmen.

Fearing for the safety of the match officials, the match was halted for nearly 25 minutes until the decision was made to switch the assistant referees.

Pirates fans were disputing a throw-in decision that went Caps United’s way.

The incident was triggered by William Manondo’s header in the 67th minute, which gave Caps United the lead.

This led to further chaos, with some fights breaking out near the Vietnam Stand, resulting in several hooligans being arrested by the police.

Chegutu Pirates have previously been fined and docked points in their debut Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season due to the violent behaviour of their supporters.

After the lengthy break, the match resumed, and Pirates quickly equalized from a free kick, courtesy of Gift Mwinga. However, William Manondo restored Caps United’s lead in the 93rd minute, silencing the Pirates fans.

This brace marked his seventh league goal of the season, leaving him just one goal behind the top scorer, Evans Katema, who has been in prolific form for Bikita Minerals.

The match ended 2-1 in favour of Caps United.

Sunday Matchday 16 Results:

Caps United 2-1 Chegutu Pirates

Highlanders 1-0 Hwange

Greenfuel 1-0 Yadah

Manica Diamonds 0-0 Dynamos

Featured Picture by Symbolic Photography

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