Misbehaving champs to pay

2015-04-26 15:00

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Kaizer Chiefs, who clinched their second league title in three seasons on Wednesday, have been fined R140 000 by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for misconduct.

These fines are made up of R50?000 for goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, R20?000 each for coach Stuart Baxter and team manager Bobby Motaung, along with R50?000 for the club.

The club and its personnel were found guilty at a disciplinary hearing on Thursday on charges of bringing the league into disrepute, insulting a match official and the transgression of league rules.

To add insult to injury, the club was also ordered topay the costs of the hearing.

On the same day, George Lebese appeared in court on charges of assault and malicious damage to property after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and damaged her car.

On Tuesday, defender Simphiwe Mtsweni also greeted a court official on a charge of reckless driving after being caught speeding last weekend.

Khune was found guilty of bringing the league into disrepute for his rants about match officials on social network Twitter.

He was fined R50?000, half of which was suspended for 12 months provided he is not found guilty of a similar offence during the period. He was also ordered topay the costs of the sitting of the disciplinary committee.

Motaung was handed a suspended fine of R20?000 after being found guilty of insulting a match official. He was also ordered topay the costs of the sitting of the hearing.

Baxter received a suspended sentence after he disregarded a PSL directive concerning the participation of suspended club officials in official football activities.

City Press has learnt Khune’s woes are far from over, as Chiefs are also set to throw the book at him.

Motaung confirmed they were finalising the charges against their number one goalkeeper, saying the delay in doing so had been due to the tight league schedule that saw the club playing back-to-back matches.

“We are busy finalising the charge sheet. We also did not want to destabilise the team while we were involved in crucial matches,” said Motaung on Friday.

He was quick to say the charges had nothing to do with Khune’s stalling contractual negotiations, as the 27-year-old goalkeeper has still not extended his contract, which expires in June.

“Our players know how to conduct themselves on an off the field. We cannot condone bad behaviour, as it brings the club into disrepute.”

Motaung also condemned Mtsweni’s behaviour.

The defender was allegedly caught hurtling at 196km/h in a 120km/h zone. Motaung said the player could face an internal disciplinary hearing.

He denied the club had disciplinary problems, dismissing these as isolated incidents.

“We hope to conclude contractual talks with Tefu Mashamaite, Mandla Masango and Khune soon.

“I am hopeful we are going to finalise all the outstanding contracts, because there is no more pressure on us. We will now shift our focus on closing this chapter.”

Motaung poured cold water on speculations linking Baxter with a move to Raja Casablanca or Safa as a technical director.

“He still has a contract with us and we are happy with him. This is the story of every season when he is linked with a move away from the club, but there is no truth in those reports.”

Motaung also denied he did not see eye to eye with the Englishman. “I am the one who went to interview him and people said I was bringing a failure. Now they accuse me of not wanting him. It is always about Bobby this and Bobby that. People always want to find a fault when there is none.”

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