Clubs slam PSL over fines

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HARARE – Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa says the Zimbabwean champions’ debt of $57 500 for charges of indiscipline is “a plot by the Premier Soccer League bosses to push Dynamos out of the league.”

What was expected to be a magical 20th Zimbabwean title has turned into a nightmare as Dynamos could remain with just $12 500 from their $70 000 league winner’s cheque due to disciplinary arrears.

The Harare giants are however not alone in their predicament with the majority of the top-light clubs owing over $150 0000 to the PSL for charges of indiscipline accrued over the season.

In recent years, the PSL has deducted money owed to them from the clubs, end of season winning purse.

That tradition is likely to continue although PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele said yesterday the PSL board will meet over the issue on Saturday to map the way forward.

The debt revelation could not have come at a worse time for the Glamour Boys, whose financial crisis is no longer a secret.

Dynamos are not only without a sponsor to bankroll their African Champions League campaign but they are still to clear outstanding signing on fees from last season.

“What does it mean when we get charged $ 8000 five times?”  Mubaiwa questioned.

“We have teams being relegated because times are hard. And now the people at the top also want us out. There is no hearing for these charges. All we get is just papers saying we owe money.”

CAPS United, who finished fifth in the season, have the third biggest debt of $22 000.

CAPS chief executive officer Joe Makuvire was blunt in his response to the charges.

“We don’t have the money to pay. Instead of the PSL focusing on taking money from clubs they should be focusing on educating fans. Because the root cause of most of the charges is fans.

“PSL’s priority should be on the survival of clubs and not making money out of clubs because in the end the PSL is there to serve the clubs.”

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