By Wellington Toni
FC Platinum face a Confederation of African Football (Caf) fine-between $2000 and $5000 after a one minute stoppage caused by a missile that hit an assistant referee during their match against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
The Total Caf Group B Champions League match was played at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo and ended goalless.
The incident in question happened in the 88th minute when far side second assistant referee Theogenne Ndogajimana seemed to have been struck on his left elbow by a bottle of water thrown from the Empakweni Stand.
The assistant referee alerted the centre man Jean Claude Ishimwe and rushed across the field to inform both the fourth official and the match commissioner.
After a brief discussion, Ndogajimana returned to his line after being assured of his safety and the match continued.
But Caf is not likely to take that lightly if the match commissioner notes it and a reprimand, in the form of a monetary fine, could follow.
Being first offenders in the Caf inter-club competitions could work in Platinum’s favour as their fine, if the Caf Disciplinary Board decides there was any threat to the match official’s safety, can at least be $2000.
The Saturday match was played before a capacity crowd of almost 30 000 fans.