‘Dark day in South African football’ comments come back to haunt John Comitis

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Orlando Pirates FC and Cape Town City FC chairman John Comitis have incurred the wrath of the Premier Soccer League (PSL), and each events will face the total might of the law.

The rate towards Pirates is far greater extreme since they were determined responsible of bringing the PSL, football, the South African Football Association (SAFA), Confederation of African Football (CAF), FIFA and the sponsors into disrepute.

Apart from bringing the PSL into disrepute, the PSL will locate it hard to swallow that a club headed through its chairman Irvin Khoza had been observed guilty of this transgression. Khoza is likewise a vice-president of SAFA.

In a statement, PSL Prosecutor Zola Majavu, stated: “The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has back a responsible verdict. This is a result of Pirates were observed unreasonably denied Mr Tim Sukazi access to Orlando Stadium while he changed into entitled to accomplish that.

“As a result, Orlando Pirates become found to have brought the league, the sport, SAFA, CAF, FIFA and the sponsors into disrepute. Having been so convicted, the following degree is for events to deal with the committee with the perfect sanction.

“The be counted will consequently argue on three May 2022, at 3pm in regards to what each party contends must be the appropriate sanction whereafter the DC will make its final choice on sanction.'

The fee accompanied after TS Galaxy chairman Tim Sukazi wrongfully denied access to Orlando Stadium whilst he became there to wait a match in December. Sukazi turned into completely prepared with the essential accreditation but turned into denied entry. When Sukazi attempted to push his way beyond the security and he became manhandled.

A video showing Sukazi being bodily removed from the doorway went viral and Pirates' protection body of workers copped a fair bit of complaint for his or her heavy-passed remedy.

It was the second time in a few weeks that Galaxy suffered at the hands of Pirates safety. Minenhle Mkhize, Galaxy's Media and Communications Manager turned into slapped in the face by a Pirates safety officer in advance inside the season at Orlando Stadium.

Comitis will appear before the PSL's Disciplinary Committee on Friday on a fee of bringing the enterprise into disrepute. His transgression was his scathing feedback made on Robert Marawa’s podcast, Marawa Sports Worldwide, within the light of the outcome of SAFA's arbitration.

He stated the arbitration's final results "as a dark day in South African soccer" and his comments were repeated on several media systems.

Majavu said Comitis will now seem before the disciplinary committee.

His declaration reads: “John Comitis will seem earlier than the DC this Friday, 29 April, to reply costs of bringing the league into disrepute based totally on a few media utterances because of him – which he has sooner or later showed as being actual and correct."

Kaizer Chiefs also are in hot water once they were charged with including two ineligible players to a crew listing. The two players were match to play in the reserve league and not the Premiership. The players had been no longer however used in the course of the Premiership fit in opposition to Sekhukhune United.

Majavu's declaration examine: “Kaizer Chiefs regarded before the DC to answer fees of fielding two ineligible gamers who have been at the beginning registered for the Diski Challenge, however, they were utilized in a fixture among Chiefs and Sekhukhune United.”

“The case has been postponed to May 13 for very last arguments. And on that day, beneath the route of the panel, the matter have to be finalised.

“What might then be top notch could be a judgment that could be reserved, aware that the season is drawing to an end.”

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