The Namibia Football Association (NFA) has been warned by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) to avoid any future accidents at their home matches that can bring the game of football into disrepute following some bad behavior in the AFCON qualifier against Niger in June.
According to the NFA official website, the warning came from CAF this week in the wake of theDisciplinary Board’s examination of a match report from the 2017 CAF AFCON Group K Qualifier match played on 4 June at the Sam Nujoma stadium during which missiles were thrown onto the pitch by the fans who attended the match the Brave Warriors won 1-0 courtesy of Peter Shalulile’s goal.
“In its meeting held at CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on 3rd July 2016, the Board examined all the documents relevant to the above mentioned match and decided to address a warning letter to the NFA with regards to the behavior of the spectators in the stadium requesting your federation to take all the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security during your future matches”, reads the warning from CAF.
The Disciplinary Board considered, Article 82 “Principles of Conduct” of CAF Disciplinary Code stipulates: National associations, clubs, officials and members, as well as their players, shall respect the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship; as well as Article 83 “Responsibility” paragraph 1 and 2 of CAF Disciplinary Code stipulate:
National associations, clubs and officials are responsible for ensuring that the game is not brought into disrepute in anyway whatsoever by the conduct of their players, officials, members, supporters and any other persons exercising a function at a match at the request of the association or club.
The host association or club is responsible for order and security both inside and around the stadium before,
during and after the match. It is liable for incidents of any kind, and can be rendered subject to disciplinary measures.
NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro reiterates the association’s call for fans to desist from such behavior in the future and to promote the integrity of the game.
“It is very regrettable and unfortunate that in the midst of celebrations some sections of our fans resorted to missile throwing onto the pitch and we again urge them to refrain from such behavior and respect referees’ decision at all times and uphold a reputable behavior. We cannot afford to be fined for these kind of actions and therefore I call upon all Namibians to root out this evil from our game”, Rukoro states.
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