Johannesburg - The SA Football Association (SAFA) dished out life bans to 15 Free
State soccer officials for attempting to take the body to court, which
is against FIFA regulations.
"The disciplinary committee found
the following members guilty and, with immediate effect, expelled them
from all football activities," SAFA said in a statement on Sunday.
SAFA maintained the officials should have approached the association
directly instead of taking their grievances to court. It felt the matter
could have been dealt with at its national congress on September 28.
The ruling would set a precedent for offenders, SAFA president Danny Jordaan said in a statement on Sunday.
ruling should send out a strong message that SAFA will not tolerate
individuals who flagrantly violate Fifa statutes by taking football
matters to courts," said Jordaan.
"Football has mechanisms and structures to resolve internal disputes and there is no need to refer such matters to courts."
The 15 officials were charged with misconduct, for contravening SAFA Statutes article 71.1.
suspended members were Motlatsi Tsoaeli, Retshidisitswe Mphaphuli,
Moramang Taole, Thabo Hlasa, Mmota Leballo, Moeketsi Madiehe, Thembi
Fako, Tshitso Qopane, Thabo Ramanyake, Lebusa Morapeli, Ntombizanele
Gojo, Thabo Mojaje, Nobelungu Thumana, Pierre Minnie and Bhadi Adoons.