Absa Premiership

Becker: 'Sirino ban was too soft'

2020-05-14 13:32
Gaston Sirino
Gaston Sirino (Gallo Images)

Premier Soccer League prosecutor Nande Becker feels a four-match ban would have been a more appropriate punishment for Gaston Sirino.

The Mamelodi Sundowns striker was handed a two-match suspension and R75 000 fine (R25 000 suspended for 24 months) for lashing out at Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels during the MTN8 semi-final clash with SuperSport United last year.

The Brazilians were, meanwhile, fined R200 000 (R150 000 suspended).

But speaking to KickOff, the prosecutor said: "I would have preferred four matches but the DC has made a ruling justified by a well written set of rules."

PSL's head of legal Michael Murphy further explained the severity of the sanction was made in conjunction with the laws.

He said: "There was a guilty finding and then they considered the sanction. I mean they looked at a particular rule with a specific sanction. So they considered it all.

"It was a pretty good committee to consider this. These rules are in the NSL handbook, and it would be nice if people read them and commented on that.

"They looked at if the guy got any 'prior convictions' and all those things, then they had to come to a decision.

"This is not a like a sanction. Yes, it's a two-match ban, but then I mean he got a R75 000 fine which only R25 000 was suspended. But it was well done, it was an excellent tribunal, and there was a decision."

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