Stars appeal against Sailor’s sentence


Tshabalala is alleged to have used the substance during Stars’ Absa Premiership game against AmaZulu at the Princess Magogo Stadium last season.

The DC found Tshabalala of using, cannabis, also known as dagga or marijuana at their hearing on July 12, 2008 at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, Johannesburg.

Tshabalala pleaded guilty to the charge of contravening Safa’s anti doping regulations and that of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sports Act No.14 of 1997.

He was tested positive on April 13 and was found to have a concentration higher than the WADA limit of 15ng/ml.

In sentencing Tshabalala, the DC noted that there was no evidence tendered to the committee by the defendant to prove that the cannabis was not intended to enhance performance.

Tshabalala was, therefore sentenced as follows:

  • He is banned from participating in professional soccer in South Africa and /or in any soccer game under the auspices of SAFA or the Premier Soccer League for two years with effect from June 1.

  • He was further ordered to pay costs of the sitting in the amount of R2 000 within 20 days of the judgment at SAFA offices in Johannesburg.

    It was also ordered that Platinum Stars was jointly responsible to pay the fine imposed on Tshabalala, the one paying the other to be absolved.

    Stars’ CEO Larry Brookstone tells that they have already filed an appeal to Safa against the sentence imposed against Tshabalala.

    Mamelodi Sundowns defender Mbulelo Mabizela, who was also found was of using a banned substance in the past received a sentence that saw him banned by Safa for six months.

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