Tanzania Football Federation and premier soccer league clubs would now pay heavy price for stadium vandalism, the sports development director from the Ministry for Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Leonard Thadeo, confirmed yesterday.
The fine has now been doubled from the previous amount of five million to ten as a measure to curb vandalism inside and outside the state of the art stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Addressing the press conference yesterday, Thadeo said the decision was reached with the intention of strengthening the protection and maintaining quality of the stadium.
He said from now on, any destruction of seats beginning with a single seat at the stadium, TFF will be subjected to pay an amount not less than 10m/-.
He noted that the amount paid will be used for maintenance and cost of replacing other materials found missing inside the.
According to Thadeo, destructions at the stadium have been recurring during premier league and international matches.
Thadeo said the ministry has been meeting the cost of maintenance with increased frequency and at times uncalled for.
During a premiership match played last Saturday, holders Young Africans were fined 5m/- following the destruction of seats caused by the club's supporters. Yanga played the match against Azam FC.
During the riots, a total of 119 seats were destroyed, said the statement which was released by Government.
The cost of the destruction is 5m/- which the Government has directed the TFF to pay with immediate effect.
The latest punishment comes a day after TFF announced it had suspended five Yanga players due to their involvement in the fracas that erupted during their match versus Azam in which Yanga lost by 3-1 goals.
The mouth-watering fixture was marred by indecency, when outraged Yanga players, led by Nadir Haroub, Stephano Mwasika and midfielder Nurdin Bakari, chased referee Israel Nkongo on the pitch before assaulting him.
The last Saturday’s seats destruction was preceded by a similar incident when fans believed to be of Simba were involved in riots in a Confederations Cup against visiting Kiyovu Sport that culminated with destruction of seats inside the stadium.
Simba were too fined to pay five million shillings.
A total of 152 seats were reportedly partially destroyed while eleven seats were totally demolished when fans suspected to be Simba were engaged in a brawl.
The state-of-the-art arena was opened in 2007 during the African Nations Cup match against Mozambique running to the 2008 finals in Ghana.
The stadium costs hit 52bn/- with a huge share donated by Chinese Government.
It is the only big sized stadium in the country with a capacity to hold a maximum of 60,000 spectators all seated.