It s silly season for players, refs, soccer bosses
OH, YOU NAUGHTY BOYS! ’
JUST back from a break to accommodate the Africa Cup of Nations, the PSL returns in full flight as a
– comedy of errors.
Players, referees and soccer bosses alike are wantonly throwing the rule book out of the window, like a bunch of naughty school kids wanting to be clever Dicks.
Or perhaps one should put them in the Grade R class, because given what has been on display in the few games played thus far, you d be forgiven for thinking the
’ beautiful game is totally foreign to our players and administrators. Let s start with new kid on the
’ block at Mamelodi Sundowns, Liberian player Anthony Laffour, who wore a jersey number that wasn t allocated to him when he
’ signed for the Chloorkop side. It s
’ such a flagrant disregard of the rules that if Sepp Blatter was a headmaster, both player and the kit man who gave him the wrong jersey would ve been caned.
’ Laffor was allocated jersey number 28 when he joined Downs but wore number 24, which was registered to Franklin Cale.
Former Orlando Pirates forward Sahmeeg Doutie is guilty of a similar offence and both players will be hauled in for a rap over the knuckles. The Liberian s opposite number
’ at Kaizer Chiefs, naughty Lehlohonolo Majoro, removed his jersey long enough for his undergarment to reveal I do have balz ”.
“His balz will be nailed to the
“” wall. Slogans, either of a personal or political nature, they are strictly forbidden by Fifa. As for the ref, he wasn t sup
’ posed to issue a yellow or a red card for that. He should have reported the incident to the PSL, who would then take disciplinary action against the offender.
So the disciplinary committee is expected to nail the card-loving whistleman as well.
And, not to be outdone, Bloemfontein Celtic boss Jimmy Augousti virtually ran the length of the entire pitch to celebrate a goal!
With a sprint that must have left Caster Semenya green with envy, Augousti demonstrated he could easily show a number of his own players a clean pair of heels.
Celebrations should be contained within the technical area, says the Rule Book, otherwise they could incite unpleasant scenes on the stands.
He should be made to stand in the corner for that one.
Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermozovic appears to have confronted the referee at the end of their match against Jomo Cosmos. He ll be charged if his ap
’ proach or language affronted to the referee. Having his mouth washed out with soap might be a fitting punishment.
Yet another referee is expected to be called by the Safa review committee for missing an incident.
He had his head in the clouds when a Santos player charged at a Wits forward in a violent manner.
Such incidents could cause havoc in the stands, so the league will see the oversight as a clear case of a referee not doing his job.