By FOCUS REPORTER
Mamelodi Sundowns appeared before the PSL DC on charges of spectator misbehavior and bringing the League into disrepute following incidents that occurred on January 30 in their match against Platinum Stars. Sundowns pleaded guilty and were handed down the following fine:
· They were fined R 500 000,00 half of which is suspended for 12 months on condition that they are not found guilty of the same offence during the period of suspension. The balance of R 250 000,00 is to be used for setting up of a fund whose primary objective is to develop and implement an educational programme ( by Sundowns) but to be approved by the League within 6 months of this order, failing which the suspended amount will be effective. In essence Sundowns will effectively manage the said fund, however it must report to the League on how such an amount was disbursed towards the said programme, as well as its implementation.
· The President of Sundowns, Mr Patrice Motsepe is ordered to jointly address a press conference with a designated official of the League within 10 days of this order , unless appeal processes are undertaken.
· Sundowns is further ordered to submit a written apology to be published both on its website as well as that of the League.
· Sundown was ordered to pay the costs of the sitting(approximately) R 21 000,00 plus VAT
AmaZulu paid an admission of guilt fine of R5 000 following their late arrival for the pre match meeting in their match against SuperSport United on February 21 at the Loftus Stadium.
The case involving Orlando Pirates appearing before the DC on charges of Spectator Misbehavior and Bringing the League into Disrepute following an incident on January 19 at the Chatsworth Stadium has been postponed to date to be determined soon after March 7.
The following PSL DC Cases will be heard on March 7:
Platinum Stars and Dillon Sheppard will appear before the PSL DC on charges of unsporting behavior and spectator misbehavior. This follows incidents that occurred on 19 February 2011 in the match between Platinum Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic where Sheppard used abusive language towards the match officials. In the same match, Platinum Stars spectators threw an assortment of missiles at the assistant referee, Mr Peter Rabophara.
Platinum Stars will also appear before the DC on charges of late arrival for the pre match meeting. This incident occurred in the match between Moroka Swallows and Platinum Stars played on February 27.
The following case will be heard on March 8:
Vladislav Heric, Jabu Khumalo and African Warriors will appear before the PSL DC on charges of unsporting behavior and spectator misbehavior. The incidents occurred on 06 February 2011 in the match between African Warriors and FC Cape Town. Heric misbehaved or behaved in an unsporting manner and possibly invited technical staff and substitutes to get up and protest against the assistant referee’s decision. This particular conduct also had the effect of inciting the fans of African Warriors in that they became more vocal in their displeasure with the match officials and after the final whistle they threw an assortment of missiles at the match officials. Khumalo used abusive language towards the match officials.