ROVERS CHAIRMAN SUSPENDED FOR FOUR YEARS
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
The Premier Soccer League’s Disciplinary Committee handed down its ruling on Tuesday on the case of Blackburn Rovers Chairman, Dumisani Mcedani.
Mcedani was charged for assaulting a match official, Bafana Mosia, in a match against United FC late in April. He was found guilty and was suspended from all football activities under the auspices of the National Soccer League for a period of four years.
He has also been ordered to pay all costs of the hearing including the cost of securing the attendances of the League’s witnesses.
PSL DC Prosecutor, Nandé Becker said, “I hope that this will send a strong message to all football officials and players. We all have the right to disagree with decisions made by match officials but at the end of the day we must respect not only the decisions but also the officials who make the decisions, even if they may have been wrong.”
“Under no circumstances will the League stand idly by and tolerate any forms of violence or disrespect towards match officials. The type of behavior exhibited by Mr. Mcedani simply has no place in football,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town striker, Mabhudi Khenyeza, was on Wednesday suspended for 12 months for swearing and spitting at a match official, Zakhele Siwela, in a game against Mamelodi Sundowns earlier in April.
“Khenyeza is suspended from all football activities under the auspices of the League for 12 months,” the PSL said in a statement.
He was also ordered to pay costs of the two sittings, such costs to include the travel costs of the League’s witnesses.
Becker said, “We welcome the sentence which is commensurate with the seriousness of the offences with which the player was charged with. I hope that the finding and sentence will send a strong message to all football players.”
“Football players should be role models to their supporters, especially when matches are televised internationally. We believe that there is a fine line that must not be crossed by players in their conduct towards match officials. If players and officials want to be respected by match officials, they must at all times show the same type of respect towards such officials, irrespective of any decisions which may have been made against them by the official,” he concluded.