Pirates, Ajax in hot water

2011-11-24 15:30
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Johannesburg - Defending league champions Orlando Pirates are in hot water and will face a Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary tribunal next week on contravention of the league rules.

According to a PSL statement released on Thursday, Pirates will face two charges. The first charge is that of contravening Rule 12.2 of the PSL kit manual in their match against Wits at the Mbombela Stadiumon on 19 November. Pirates apparently failed to produce an alternative outfit.

The Buccaneers have also been charged with contravening Rule 12.3 at the same match. The rule states that “a visiting team will change its team outfit in the referee’s opinion that the colours of the teams might lead to confusion”.

According to the referee’s report when Pirates were called to change their shorts and socks from black to another colour as the home team (Wits) were wearing navy shorts and socks, “Pirates failed/ or refused to do so".

The Buccanneers will not be alone when they visit the headmaster’s office. They will be joined by Ajax Cape Town, who have been charged with “failing to comply with Rule 9.1 of the Kit Manual”. In their match against SuperSport United on November 18, Ajax’s Brent Carelse wore a jersey that had no Absa logo on the right arm sleeve as stipulated in the Kit Manual.

Also in trouble with the PSL prosecutor is National First Division side Witbank Spurs. Their charge relates to “their failure to produce team jerseys at the pre-match meeting, which contravenes section 4.2 of the Kit Manual on 18 November 2011, in their match against Chippa United”.

The charge sheet further states that “Spurs committed an act of misconduct in that they did not produce or have in their possession the player’s jerseys at the match meeting as stipulated in the Compliance Manual".

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