Zimbabwe’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) have suspended all matches until further notice following pitch invasions, violence and vandalism at a game between Highlanders and Dynamos on Sunday afternoon.

The incidents were sparked after Highlanders went 1-0 up in second-half injury time, with Dynamos protesting about a challenge on their goalkeeper.

The PSL’s decision means Zimbabwe has a suspension of top-flight domestic action and international football, with the country also under a FIFA ban.

Football’s world governing body suspended Zimbabwe in February for government interference in running the game in the country.

The Warriors are excluded from qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations unless they get that sanction lifted two weeks before their first group fixture, which is against Liberia on 9 June.

The match between Highlanders and Dynamos was the second fixture to be abandoned, with a contest between FC Platinum and Highlanders called off in April.

On that occasion, tear gas was fired by police after Highlanders fans invaded the pitch following a disputed penalty decision.

The PSL says it will meet with the Zimbabwe Republic Police, club security officers, marshals and stadium owners on Friday.

The most prominent fixture in Zimbabwean football was abandoned as the scenes at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo included a supporter attacking a referee, perimeter fences being pushed over and the net of one of the goals torn by Dynamos fans, who also vandalised the posts.

By BBC Sport

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