Absa Premiership

Khenyeza denies spitting

2013-08-05 16:30
Mabhudi Khenyeza (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Black Aces striker Mabhudi Khenyeza has broken his silence on allegations of him spitting at an assistant referee, a conduct which saw him being banned by the Premier Soccer League for 12 months.

The PSL Disciplinary Committee found Khenyeza guilty for swearing and spitting at a match official, Zakhele Siwela in a match against Mamelodi Sundowns on April 2 at Loftus Stadium.

He was then slapped with a hefty sentence which threatened to end his career.

The player came out and denied the accusation vehemently in a post match interview on SuperSport 4.

"If it’s like that then they must show the whole world that I did spit at a person and then I will accept it.

"But if they don’t show the whole world then it’s something else because you can’t say somebody killed a person when they didn’t," he said.

Khenyeza, who was fielded by Black Aces on Friday against Kaizer Chiefs, said he was in the dark about what was really going on and labeled this a conspiracy against him by certain ‘powerful people.’

"I think lawyers are busy with the situation, but all in all I am confused because I didn’t do anything honestly.

"Even the person in this case knows that I didn’t do anything but now I don’t have powers to act the way that I should," Khenyeza said.

"I don’t know what’s next for me.

"The lawyers will update me and they have said for now I must just focus on playing but I don’t know as you saw they put in a protest.

"I still repeat, I will never ever do something like that to a human being," said the Aces striker.

Khenyeza was suspended from all football activities under the auspices of the League for a period of 12 months and further ordered to pay costs of the two sittings which also included the travel costs of the League’s witnesses.

His new club lodged an appeal with the hope of overturning the initial penalty.

"Everyone knows that I wouldn’t spit on someone’s face or something like that.

"They have said everything and written about it in the papers but I have been quiet, this is the first time I am speaking about this to anyone," he added.

Khenyeza claimed he had a good relationship with Siwela and added that even the assistant referee denied that the player spat at him, according to Khenyeza.

"I didn’t spit anything to anyone even him (Siwela) knows it, I have been communicating with him.

"There are people with powers to do whatever they want to do and if it means I should stay at home then I will.

"Zakhele is my friend I have been speaking with him and he even said I didn’t do it. They know what they are doing, it’s life," he said.

The PSL released a statement about the matter and said they will be exploring all the legal routes they have after Aces defied any order from the league.

"Black Aces was advised in writing prior to the kick-off that Khenyeza was under suspension, and that, according to our understanding of the SAFA Disciplinary Code, the effect of lodging an appeal does not cause the disciplinary sanction to be suspended pending the appeal,” the league said in statement.

Khenyeza lodged an appeal against his sentence with SAFA which is still pending.

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