Linare, Rovers fined over skirmish

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MASERU — Linare and Rovers have been fined for the unruly behaviour of their fans during their Premier League meeting last month.

The Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) has fined Linare M1 000 for failing to provide security and drawing a demarcation line between their supporters and Rovers FC fans.

Of that fine, M400 is suspended for two months until May 24 on condition that Linare do not commit a similar offence.

However, Linare were fined a further M400 for failing to control their supporters.

Rovers FC have been slapped with a similar fine of M1 000 for provoking Linare FC supporters.

As in Linare’s case, M400 has been suspended until the end of the season.

The Roma side were also ordered to pay a fine of M400 for failing to control their fans at the match.

The PLMC imposed the fines following a hearing on March 25.

The case arose when Linare and Rovers FC supporters fought after their league match on March 11 at Hlotse, about 75 km north of Maseru.

Rovers went home with three points after winning the match 2-1.

It was alleged that a Rovers supporter teased Linare fans to the extent that they lost temper and a fight ensued.

The fight was however stopped before getting out of control.

No one was injured during the incident.

Besides the fines, Linare and Rovers were also ordered to write letters of apology to the PLMC by Tuesday this week.

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