It s silly sea­son for play­ers, refs, soc­cer bosses


Sunday World - - World Of Sport - LOUIS MAZ­IBUKO

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.

Bad lad!

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