March 17, 2023

Royal AM Fined for Referee Communications Fiasco

Nearly two weeks after steamrolling over Sekhukhune United, Royal AM’s 2-0 victory has soured after they received fines from the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

On Wednesday, 15 March, Zola Majavu, a prosecutor for the PSL, confirmed in an audio statement that the league’s disciplinary committee (DC) had fined the club for failing to furnish the referees with communication devices on 4 March (the day of the match).

As such, referee Abongile Tom was unable to communicate with his assistants and the fourth official during the game.

“I can confirm that earlier today, Royal AM Football Club appeared before PSL DC to answer to charges of failure to provide the match officials with the relevant communication devices which had been provided to them by the league and in accordance with applicable prescripts,” Majavu said.

He continues: “They pleaded guilty and were convicted accordingly. Having listened to the submissions both in aggravation and mitigation of sentence, the PSL DC fined them a monetary amount of R50 000, half of which is suspended for a period of 24 months on condition that during the period of suspension, they are not found guilty of the same offence again.”

Additionally, Thwihli Thwahla must cover the costs of the DC’s sitting.

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