Jaure apologises for actions


HARARE – Zimbabwe international and Dynamos defender Partson Jaure has apologised for his reaction after he was sent off against Highlanders last month.

Jaure was red-carded by referee Thabani Bamala together with Highlanders forward Njabulo Ncube in a in the first half of a league match at Barbourfields Stadium.

The Dynamos defender lost his cool and attempted to attack Bamala before he was restrained by his teammates. 

On Tuesday, Jaure wrote to the Zimbabwe football Association (Zifa) expressing his remorse for the incident.

“I write this letter with a great deal of remorse over my act of misconduct against Zifa referee Thabani Bamala during a league match between Highlanders and Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium on October 27, 2013 in which he was the centre referee,” wrote Jaure.

“In the heat of the moment and given the pressure that I was under to try and help Dynamos to win this match, I over reacted to both the altercation I had with Njabulo Ncube of Highlanders and the match referee Mr Bamala.

“My actions were really uncalled for and unbecoming of a Premier Soccer League player and of a player who is a member of the Zimbabwe senior men’s national team. I fully understand that such actions bring the name of football, Zifa and the PSL into disrepute.

“By copy of this letter I would like to offer my sincere apologies to Mr Bamala, to the Zifa Referees Committee, the PSL, the league sponsors, the paying public and those who watched the game on television and to Dynamos FC and to Highlanders FC.”

Jaure added: “It is regrettable that I let my emotions overcome the best of me and my coach Calisto Pasuwa has since also heavily sanctioned me for my actions.

“If I could take it back I would like Mr Bamala to please find it in his heart to forgive me as I have nothing personal against him.

“I promise to ensure that in future I will not let emotions get the better of me no matter what specs will be on offer and I will strive to stick to the Fifa Fair Play tenants, which require us to win or lose with dignity.”

Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwasela confirmed receipt of the letter.   

“As an association we salute Jaure’s conduct. We applaud Jaure for showing remorse and for setting an example to other players that anger is not good in football,” he said.

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