Makola's R200k fine suspended but handed two-month ban for pushing referee

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Cape Town City midfielder Mpho Makola has been banned for two months for manhandling Cladwin Baloyi in the MTN8 final defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of October last year.

The incident happened during the penalty shootout where the City players were up in arms over what they perceived to be Kennedy Mweene illegally jumping off his line.

The City players surrounded Baloyi and Makola was caught on television cameras shoving the match official.

It is not the first time the 35-year-old has landed himself in hot water for his treatment of referees. Makola has previously been banned for six months after shoving referee Abongile Tom during a Telkom Knockout clash with Kaizer Chiefs in October 2019.

This time he is set to miss two months of action after the Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee ruled on Thursday that the former Orlando Pirates player is to be suspended for a period of six months, four months of which are suspended.

Full statement from PSL DC prosecutor, Adv. Zola Majuva:

"I can confirm that in the case pertaining to Mpho Makola, player of Cape Town City, who was found guilty as charged in his conduct of pushing the match official, Mr. Baloyi, in a fixture, was sanctioned as follows by the disciplinary committee, together with his club.

"Cape Town City Football Club, as the employer and the club for which Mr. Makola played and was fixtures on the day, was fined an amount of R200 000, which is fully suspended on condition that the same club is not found guilty of similar misconduct for a period of 24 months, from the date of the ruling, which is 21 December 2021.

"With regard to Mr. Makola himself, he is suspended from participating in any football activities under the auspices of the league or SAFA for a period of six months, four months of which are suspended.

"This effectively means that he will serve an effective two-month suspension which will run from 1 February 2022, and which will expire on 31 March 2022. This is in acknowledgement of the fact that during the January period, the league will not be in session due to the AFCON.

"The balance of the four months that are suspended is suspended on the condition that during the next 18 months from the date of the ruling, he is not found guilty of similar misconduct."

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