Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League's Disciplinary Committee have been hard
at work over the past few weeks, with no fewer than four top-flight
teams facing several charges.
Moroka Swallows have landed themselves in the deepest pot of hot
water, with both the club and coach Gordon Igesund facing separate
Igesund was alleged to have confronted match officials "in an
aggressive manner" following the full-time whistle in the PSL clash
against AmaZulu on 17 March 2012 - a direct contrast of Rules 18.104.22.168,
22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 of the National Soccer League Rules.
The Dube Birds, meanwhile, pleaded guilty to charges of spectator
misbehavior, with the crowd disturbance apparently being triggered by
Igesund's own outbursts.
Swallows have since been fined R100 000, wholly suspended for 12
months, while the club is to deliver a written apology to the PSL and
affected match officials, while the letter must also appear on the
club's official website, as well as the league's.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates have been charged with contravention
of Rule 10.1 and failure to comply with the Kit Manual during their
clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on 20 March 2012 when they failed to
appear in the change room sixty (60) minutes before kick-off time (which
was 19:30) and only arrived at the change room at 18h40.
Black Leopards also find themselves facing the music, with the
club charged with failure to comply with the Media Manual after it was
alleged in their match against Platinum Stars FC on 18 March 2012 that
they failed to submit the provisional team sheet at the match meeting.
Earlier this week it was confirmed Bloemfontein Celtic were fined
R100 000, wholly suspended for 12 months, after they pleaded guilty to
charges of spectator misbehavior after their supporters threw
projectiles on the field during their clash against Platinum Stars on 26