Football fiasco settled

2018-05-16 06:01

The South African Football Association (Safa) in the Free State has ruled that Mangaung Unite were duly the FS ABC Motsepe League cham­pions for 2017-’18.

The decision means Mangaung will be one of the nine clubs at the play-offs to compete for promotion to the National First Division League.

The federation’s disciplinary committee ruled after its sitting on Wednesday (09/05) in Bloemfontein, where it resolved disarray after contradictions of decisions allowing the Bloemfontein Young Tigers and Dikwena United fixture to take place, against a directive that all final league matches start at 15:00.

The federation was plunged into a fiasco due to a contradiction of decisions by some authorities, and the crowing of the champion was put on ice until the matter was resolved.

The chaos happened after Dikwena pitched late for their final fixture against Tigers.

This was one of two decisive outings to decide this year’s FS ABC Motsepe League winners. The other match involved Kingston and Mangaung, which the latter won by 4 – 0.

After deliberating in the case, Safa’s disciplinary committee threw the book at Dikwena, charging the club for the contravention of rule 28.3 regarding late arrival, and ordered them to pay financial penalties.

Moremi Klip, Safa’s provincial executive officer, said Dikwena were fined R10 000 for the offence, which caused huge uproar.

“Dikwena pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay R5 000 within a given time frame and the remainder was suspended. In addition, Dikwena was also ordered to pay the cost of the sitting of the case,” said Klip.

Three points plus two goals were then awarded to Tigers and the game was nullified, including the reported bizarre score line of 12 – 1.

Safa has however overlooked the role and influence of the authority who gave an instruction that the game between Tigers and Dikwena take place – amid the offending club pitching late.

An instruction by the official was contrary to the directive given by the federation that all clubs must start their matches at 15:00.

Express reliably learnt that the official mentioned in one of the two reports submitted, has not been summoned to give an explanation regarding the instruction to the match officials (the referee and two assistants referees) to permit Tigers and Dikwena to play the game.

It has emerged that the match had started one hour and 15 minutes late.

According to a ruling by Safa’s disciplinary committee, Dikwena were, or are, the chief culprits who caused the fiasco that saw the crowning of Mangaung as the champions decided in the boardroom.

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