The Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League has announced the judgement to relegate Herentals.
Herentals were found guilty on a match-fixing case that involved Herentals and Black Rhinos.
The club known as the Students were found guilty of influencing the match result in an October 2019 match. The league deducted points that result in the team’s relegation - including a $ZW 300 000 fine.
Full PSL statement:
"The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has released the judgment in the matter involving Herentals FC and Black Rhinos FC.
Herentals FC and their official Oliver Chirenga were charged for attempting to influence the outcome of their Castle Lager PSL match against Black Rhinos FC which was played at the National Sports Stadium on the 19th of October 2019.
The Club was found guilty of contravening Order 31.1.3 of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Rules and Regulations which makes it an offence on the part of a club where:
Its players, officials, servant or duly authorized (expressed or implied) representatives, for any corrupt, dishonesty or lawful purpose in connection with a game played under auspices of the League, or in connection with the affairs of the League, give, offer or promise, whether directly or indirectly, any inducement, reward or bribe of whatsoever nature, to anybody whatsoever.
Herentals FC were fined RTGS $300 000 (Three hundred thousand dollars). In addition, in line with Article 18(2) of the Fifa Disciplinary Code 2019, the results of the Herentals FC vs Black Rhinos FC match played on the 19th of October 2019 be and is hereby forfeited. The fine of RTGS $300 000, together with the full costs of the hearing, shall be paid by the club by 31 January 2020.
In the event that the Club does not comply with any part of this penalty, the Club shall not be allowed to participate in any football or football-related activities for the next ten (10) years. The current owners of the club will have to show cause why the same penalty should not be imposed on them.
Herentals FC official, Oliver Chirenga was charged for contravening Order 31.2.2 of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Rules and Regulations which makes it an offence on the part of a club or official:
For any corrupt, dishonest or unlawful purpose in connection with a game played under the auspices of the League, or in connection with the affairs of the League, gives, offers or promises, whether directly or indirectly, any inducement, reward or bribe of whatsoever nature, to anybody whomsoever."
It remains to be seen if and when Herentals will be launching an appeal.
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