PSL off­side pun­ish­ing Mor­ton twice

Sowetan - - Opinion -

The PSL has al­ways proved to be re­ac­tive rather than proac­tive.

The heated con­fronta­tion that led to send­ing off of AmaZulu work­horse Michael Mor­ton proved that. That match was played on Septem­ber 20 and play­ers in­volved were charged on Oc­to­ber 10. What was the PSL think­ing all this time?

For me, charg­ing Mor­ton after he was sent off is wrong and flawed. Is the PSL in­tend­ing to pun­ish Mor­ton twice for the same of­fence?

Gabad­inho Mhango should have been charged and pun­ished im­me­di­ately after the in­ci­dent. For the record, Mhango spat in Mor­ton’s face dur­ing a melee.

Mhango de­meaned Mor­ton as a man. Mor­ton posted a tweet, ex­press­ing re­gret for the way he re­acted. I em­pathise with him; ev­ery­one de­fends them­selves when dis­re­spected.

The PSL would be well ad­vised to learn from the English Pre­mier League where peo­ple who mis­be­have are charged promptly after the of­fence. AmaZulu even sent a let­ter to Mato Mad­lala, PSL act­ing CEO, protest­ing over the way the in­ci­dent was han­dled.

Mhango de­serves the harsh­est pun­ish­ment pos­si­ble. For us to take the PSL se­ri­ously, there must be ur­gency in deal­ing with way­ward play­ers and team of­fi­cials. Charg­ing them must not be an af­ter­thought.

Richard­son Mzaidume, Pimville

Michael Mor­ton

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