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Tshifiwa Thidiela, Managing Director of Black Leopards Football Club.

Black Leopards charged with misconduct


The Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee recently found Black Leopards Football Club (FC) and Jomo Cosmos FC guilty on separate charges of misconduct relating to matches between the two clubs.
Black Leopards was charged with failure to provide adequate security during their National First Division playoff match against Cosmos on 06 May 2018 at Thohoyandou Stadium.
A media statement released by PSL on Tuesday stated that Black Leopards was fined R150 000, excluding VAT and suspended for 24 months. “They were also ordered to pay the costs of the sitting amounting to R33 000,” the statement read.
Cosmos in turn was found guilty of having contravened the Sport and Recreation Events Safety Act (Act 2 of 2010) and according to the PSL statement fined R125 000, suspended for 24 months. This follows failure by the club to prevent supporters without match tickets to enter the stadium during a promotion playoff against Leopards on 20 May.
Black Leopards FC Managing Director, Tshifiwa Thidiela on Tuesday morning told Polokwane Observer that they were not aware of the charges and could not comment on the matter further.
He also confirmed that former Orlando Pirates Football Club and Polokwane City Football Club defenders Ayanda Gcaba and Thabiso Semenya have stopped training with the team.
They were among myriads of soccer players from across the African continent who participated in the club’s trials held in Polokwane a fortnight ago. “Their trial was unsuccessful and that is all I can say,” Thidiela concluded.

Story and photo: Herbert Rachuene