Swallows coach, player pay the penalty

Moroka Swallows coach Ian Gorowa and pivotal central defender Bevan Fransman will pay the penalty for their recent penalty protests in the controversial Premier Soccer League (PSL) game against Kaizer Chiefs.

One-game suspensions will sideline the two men for Monday’s key clash against Platinum Stars at Rustenburg’s Olympia Park—and then there are their hefty fines.

Although Gorowa’s R40 000 penalty and the R10 000 imposed on Fransman have been suspended for 12 months by the league’s disciplinary committee, the Swallows coach must now pay an immediate R50 000 for a previous suspended sentence last August.

The verdicts were announced by PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu on Thursday night after Gorowa and Fransman had appeared before the disciplinary committee and pleaded guilty.

“The fact that they pleaded guilty and apologised for their behaviour were considered mitigating factors,” added Majavu.

Gorowa was charged with tugging at fourth official Paulo Marques’s shirt in protest of a penalty awarded to Chiefs that turned the course of the game.

Fransman apparently spat on his own hand and then offered to shake the referee’s hand—with the Swallows coach, in addition, suggesting the referee had been biased during the course of the game to ensure Chiefs qualify for next season’s Top Eight competition.—Sapa

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