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IDLALA KAMNANDZI: E100 000 FINE FOR ASSAULT

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MBABANE – A hefty fine awaits would-be perpetrators of violence in the EswatiniBank Cup which kicks off tonight.


Assaulting anyone at stadia is punishable with a fine of up to E100 000. This is according to Article 8.3 (d) of the EswatiniBank Cup Rules and Regulations which were released by the tournament Management Committee (MC) yesterday.
“Assaulting a referee (s) or match official (s) or club official (s), or player (s), or fan (s) or supporter (s) spectator (s) shall be punishable with a minimum fine of E25 000 and a maximum fine of E100 000.


“In addition, the offending club shall be ordered to compensate the victim for any financial loss incurred due to the assault,” read the rules in part.


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Other offences that are punishable with heavy fines include failure to control someone who is misbehaving at stadia (E30 000) and causing the abandonment of a match (E50 000).
The rules, on the other hand, also frown on invading the pitch in celebration of a goal. Throwing objects and uttering of obscene words are also not allowed. These offences can be punishable with fines of up to E10 000 each.


Meanwhile, the tournament kick offs with a double-header at Somhlolo National stadium tonight. Holders Young Buffaloes begin their title defence against National First Division side Tinyosi at 8:30pm. There will be a curtain-raiser between Mankayane-based second-tier side Seven Dreams and 2016 semi-finalists Tambuti two hours earlier.  According to Article 5, in case of draw in the first round and Last 16 after regulation time, there will be no extra time. The game will head straight to penalties.

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