A case has been set down before the PSL Disciplinary Committee at 6h30pm tomorrow evening at the PSL offices.
SuperSport’s Commercial Manager, Jose Ferreira, explains to KickOff.comwhy the club feel aggrieved.
“I am appalled with the PSL’s decision to charge SuperSport United and Fikru Tefera Lemessa, as a result of the incident involving the sending off of our player in our last League game against Thanda Royal Zulu,” Ferreira says.
“There have been at least three similar incidents of this nature in the last few weeks, namely the Shere Lekgothoane-Anthony Laffor and Gary Goldstone-Tshepo Bulu incidents, as well as the Fikru Lemessa-July Mahlangu one recently.”
Ferreira goes on to say that as far as he is concerned, “the conduct of the PSL with regards to these three cases has been, at best erratic, and at worst provocative”.
“It is abundantly clear to me that only one of two things can explain the PSL’s disproportionate behaviour with regards to these three cases. Either the PSL have deliberately embarked on a policy of selective prosecution, basing their decision to charge not when the circumstances of each case justify it, but rather on which clubs and players are involved. Or they have absolutely no idea what they are doing, with no clearly defined policy as to when to charge and when not to charge.
“How else does one explain their decision not to charge Shere Lekgothoane when he violently lashed out with a ‘karate kick’ that ‘floored’ our player Anthony Laffor, knocking him unconscious and with epileptic fits. This required an ambulance to be brought onto the field.”
“To add insult to injury, Lekgothoane was not even red carded and therefore did not even have to serve an automatic two match suspension.”
SuperSport ask: “how else does one, in comparison, explain the PSL’s decision when Fikru, having been red carded, and therefore automatically suspended for the next two matches, now faces further possible suspension time by the PSL Disciplinary Committee?
“As a result of the one incident, Anthony Laffor was out of action for weeks in comparison to July Mahlangu, who proceeded to play in the match immediately after the incident?
“Where is the consistency, what is the criteria, where is the fairness and where is the principle that all clubs and players are equal,” Ferreira asks.