Safa rules in abandoned fixture

2020-03-18 06:02
Mangaung Unite player Katleho Neels battles for the ball with Bloemfontein Celtic pair, during the teams ABC Motsepe League return fixture played at Clive Solomon Stadium on Saturday (14/03). Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite player Katleho Neels battles for the ball with Bloemfontein Celtic pair, during the teams ABC Motsepe League return fixture played at Clive Solomon Stadium on Saturday (14/03). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) in the Free State has decided against ordering a replay of the match between Super Eagles and Questus. This fixture did not take place as scheduled on Saturday (14/03), at Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein.

This was after the visiting club from Bethlehem, the Eagles objected honouring the fixture because the playing field was not ready by kick-off at 12:30. The visiting team would not even budge playing the match under protest.

Moremi Klip, SAFA’s provincial manager, said the federation has decided to award the three match points plus two goals to Eagles, giving the reason that the host team Questus failed to comply with the rules and regulations. Questus is deemed to be in transgression of rule 5.5.1, which states that the onus of securing a venue shall be on the home team and its failure to secure a venue shall constitute misconduct. According to this rule of SAFA, any team that fails to comply and found guilty by the federation’s disciplinary committee shall forfeit the three match points and two goals. The rule furthermore states that points will be awarded to the club that is not in the wrong.

The match officials assigned by SAFA, referees and the match commissioner reported the markings of the pitch were not compliant with the regulations upon inspection.

Kilp said the standing arrangement is that the match officials assigned to all games, conduction inspection of the fields at least one honour 30 minutes before the matches start. He said according to the match report regarding the Questus-Eagles fixture, there were no markings on the playing field an hour before kick-off.

According to Klip, Questus will not be summoned to apear before the federation’s disciplinary committee because this was the club’s first offense. “Questus will not be subjected to appear before the disciplinary committee as this is the first case. However, if they are found guilty of similar offense in future then they will be charged,” said Klip.

The match between the Eagles and Questus from Bloemfontein was scheduled to kick-off at 12:30 given there was another fixture taking place at the same venue afterwards. The second match featured Bloemfontein Celtic junior men’s side and Mangaung Unite. This fixture kicked off at 15:00 as scheduled with Maungaung beating Celtic 2-0 retain the top spot - one point ahead of the Eagles (58 points).

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