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PSL: Pirates must handle Gabuza matter

Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - In accordance to the FIFA rule book, referee Thando Ndzandzeka was correct in brandishing two yellow cards to Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza on Tuesday.

READ: WATCH: Orlando Pirates star Gabuza's on-field meltdown

The Buccaneers attacker received two yellows on returning to the away dugout after a bizarre first-half incident when he threw his jersey at fans before storming off the pitch against Black Leopards at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. 

When contacted by Sport24 on Wednesday, the PSL confirmed that it was an internal matter for the club to handle.

Gabuza was booked for the removal of his jersey and then for leaving the field of play without the referee's permission.

Law 12 of the FIFA handbook states: Footballers who remove their jerseys during post-goal celebrations are to receive an automatic yellow cards.

Law 12.6/12.7 states: Enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee’s permission. Or deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission are to receive an automatic yellow card.

Gabuza faces a one-match ban for a second bookable offence during Tuesday's game.

Although the PSL encouraged the matter to be dealt with by the club, both parties confirmed it would await the match report by the officials before deciding whether further sanctions are necessary.

Sport24 contacted Pirates who said that they could not comment at the time of publication, but that they would release a statement in due course.

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