Con­tro­versy mars ABC play-offs

CityPress - - Sport - Watch the video clip at city­ TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­

The re­cent ABC Mot­sepe League na­tional play-offs in East Lon­don have be­come mired in con­tro­versy.

The SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) has in­di­cated that it will charge two clubs – Buya Msuthu of North West and Lim­popo’s Dol­phins – for se­ri­ous mis­con­duct, which the as­so­ci­a­tion deems as un­pro­fes­sional and a vi­o­la­tion of its com­pe­ti­tion rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Safa has al­leged that Buya Msuthu players and of­fi­cials be­haved in an un­sport­ing man­ner.

“The players went on the field with no in­ten­tion to com­pete and to vi­o­late the Fifa Fair Play Code. Their ac­tions have brought the game, Safa and its spon­sors into dis­re­pute,” read a Safa state­ment.

City Press is in pos­ses­sion of a clip of the match in which Buya Msuthu players were just drib­bling, do­ing shi­bo­bos and show­ing off their skills as they en­ter­tained the fans in their own half, de­spite being 3-1 down to even­tual win­ners Super Ea­gles of Free State.

The Ea­gles went into their last game need­ing to win by a two-goal mar­gin to book a place in the Na­tional First Divi­sion.

Buya Msuthu’s players’ body lan­guage was clearly of a team play­ing just for the sake of hon­our­ing the fix­ture.

But a Buya Msuthu of­fi­cial has de­nied any wrong­do­ing. He told City Press that they were de­spon­dent af­ter their game against Acorn­bush. He al­leged that the Mpumalanga side scored their goal af­ter the ball went out and were sur­prised the goal stood.

“Our boys were very an­gry be­cause the ball had gone out of the field and they stopped play­ing, think­ing the ref­eree would blow the whis­tle. You can imag­ine how it must feel to lose like that in the fi­nal minute of the match as the game never re­sumed af­ter the goal,” said the of­fi­cial, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied.

He said the players did not want to play the fi­nal game against the Ea­gles.

“We had to force them to go and hon­our the game as they just wanted to go home and had noth­ing to play for. I am not sur­prised they did not per­form to their best.”

The Dol­phins were ac­cused of mis­con­duct for fraud­u­lently re­plac­ing Un­der-23 players with over­age players be­fore the start of their matches and ig­nor­ing the reg­u­la­tions, which say that “clubs must start all the games with a min­i­mum of five un­der-23 players”.

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