Pressing Issues: Good to see PSL taking tough action

2013-06-16 14:00

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Disciplinary rulings on Khenyeza and Mcedani show that purile behaviour will not be tolerated in football

When and where I grew up, one of the worst or most hurtful insults you could hurl at someone was to spit on the ground when they approached.

And in the culture of “after school is after school”, which was a threat normally used that we will sort this out once school is over, one of the methods cowards devised was known as “patrek”.

This is to ambush or catch someone unawares.

It was encouraging this week to see that the disciplinary committee of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) – famous for handing down lenient sentences – thoroughly dealt with both Mabhuti Khenyeza’s spitting incident and Blackburn Rovers chairperson Dumisani Mcedani’s attack on a referee.

Khenyeza got a 12-month ban from all football for swearing and spitting at assistant referee Zakhele Siwela, while Mcedani was handed a four-year-ban for assaulting another match official, Bafana Mosia.

The cowardly Mcedani walked up to the referee at the end of his club’s fixture against United FC on April 27, pretended to shake the referee’s hand and unexpectedly caught the official with several blows.

Well done to the PSL’s disciplinary committee for dealing approprietely with these dastardly acts.

I concur with PSL prosecutor Nande Becker when he said: “The type of behaviour exhibited by Mr Mcedani simply has no place in football.”

I can also add Khenyeza’s name to this statement.

A highly talented player, Khenyeza has continuously displayed this wayward character that has hardly been exemplary to young players.

City Press on April 4 2010, available on our website).

To those who are calling for a more lenient sentence, I say no!

Even to Ajax Cape Town’s CEO, George Comitis, who argued that Khenyeza should have received at least a suspended sentence because he is a breadwinner and supports several other people outside his family, I say, the scoundrel should have thought about that before doing what he did.

And if Comitis feels so strongly about Khenyeza being a breadwinner, let Ajax continue paying the player’s salary for a year while he loiters around. Talk of double standards.

It’s high time people walked the talk.

Just as Dale Carnegie pointed out in his book Don’t Grow Old, Grow Up, adults should take responsibility for their actions.

These incidents happened while I was following the Cape Town faeces debate. I was reminded of a friend who once told me that “when someone throws s**t at you and you pick it up to throw it back at them, you get your hand dirty in the process”.

Khenyeza’s trail of ill-discipline over the years

April 2 2013

Spits at and insults assistant referee Zakhele Siwela after he was sent off late in an Ajax Cape Town league game against Mamelodi Sundowns.

November 10 2012

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt reveals that Khenyeza has gone AWOL after Matsatsantsa’s 2-1 loss to Kaizer Chiefs.

“He hasn’t come to training. We tried to find him. I haven’t seen him. We want people that want to play for the club as the team comes first before individuals.”

April 4 2010

In an interview with City Press, Khenyeza says: “I am targeted by the referees. They ref (officiate) s**t and no one is saying anything about them. Yes, I’ll say it over and over again: they ref s**t.”

Then Safa referee committee chairperson Alpha Mchunu responded: “If I was his team, I was going to mete out a serious punishment. What he did was very childish and disrespectful to his colleagues and opponents.”

March 28 2010

Uses his hand in an attempt to beat Chiefs goalkeeper Arthur Bartman to an aerial ball in a Telkom Knockout quarterfinal match which Sundowns lost 1-0.

February 10, 2010

He attempts to score using his hand when he had already been cautioned and gets sent off for a second booking.

Sundowns needed a victory against Bloemfontein Celtic to catch up to the eventual Absa Premiership champions SuperSport United. The game ends in a goalless draw.

August 2009

Stamps on Santos goalkeeper Tshepo Motsoeneng in an off-the-ball incident on the stroke of full-time of a Premiership match, which Sundowns lost 1-0.

November 2009

Dropped by Bafana coach Carlos Parreira after failing to report to camp for the team’s friendlies against Japan and Jamaica.

July 2009

Leaves Ajax in a huff to join Sundowns, saying there was no way he could work with coach Muhsin Ertugral, who was returning to the club. This was after their fallout while both at Chiefs, which led to Khenyeza being off-loaded to Ajax.

May 2009

Axed by former Bafana coach Joel Santana from the Confederations Cup camp after he pulled a no-show. Cites family rituals as his reason.

July 2008

Goes AWOL at Chiefs after a heated verbal clash with Ertugral, who was then coach at Amakhosi.

Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung writes in his weekly column, dated July 17 2008: “On a sad note, our preparations have been interrupted by the unfortunate misdemeanour of Khenyeza, whose disappearance remains unresolved”.

– Compiled by Daniel Mothowagae

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