Goldstone hit with R30 000 fine

2008-09-16 00:00

.MARITBURG United defender Gary Goldstone has been handed a heavy R30 000 fine, with R10 000 suspended, for the elbowing incident that saw Kaizer Chiefs striker Tshepo Bulu stretchered off with a fractured nose in United’s 3-2 Premier Soccer League victory on Sunday.

However, while the club has taken stern action against Goldstone, the defender is not out of hot water yet. Yesterday the PSL announced that it has charged Goldstone with assault and unsporting behaviour.

Goldstone will appear before the PSL disciplinary committee tomorrow, according to a statement released by the league yesterday.

Goldstone on Monday apologised for the incident, saying it was not on purpose and he had meant to commit a professional foul and body-check Bulu, but not injure the player.

The United central defender was handed the fine in a club disciplinary hearing yesterday. The R10 000 suspension is on condition he does not commit a similar offence for the remainder of the season.

The R20 000 fine is payable in R10 000 installments on September 30 and October 30.

United coach Gordon Igesund said: “It wasn’t just the club that fined Gary, but me as well. I’ve got to send a clear message out because I will never instruct my players to go and be brutal. But the modern game of football is tough, and is about fighting for the ball and being tigers out there.

“I’m happy with the verdict because I think Gary’s got to take responsibility for his actions. The last day or two he has been very down and not the same Gary that normally trains with us, and I think this can help him put it behind him.

“He’s taken the responsibilty and R30 000 is a big fine that will send a message.”

United’s next match is against Bloemfontein Celtic at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on September 28, then they play their first home game in Pietermaritzburg against AmaZulu at Woodburn Stadium on October 4.

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