How Downs, Stellies escaped PSL wrath


Stellenbosch FC CEO Rob Benadie has offered insight into the PSL DC charge against themselves and Mamelodi Sundowns, as well as the verdict.

Stellenbosch and Sundowns were jointly charged by the Premier Soccer League's Disciplinary Committee for having brought the League into disrepute with a moving tribute to Anele Ngcongca following his untimely death in November last year.

Both teams halted their DStv Premiership fixture in the 16th minute to clap hands in honour of Ngcongca, who had worn the number-16 shirt for The Brazilians prior to his passing in a car accident in KwaZulu-Natal.


Ultimately neither party were found guilty of the charge levelled against them, and Benadie has now explained the process behind the charge as well as the lesson learnt after Monday evening's DC sitting.

"I think both clubs were taken aback a little bit because we were trying to do something good, if I can call it that, so in the end maybe a bit of sanity prevailed and we all learn a few things through it," Benadie tells

"Perhaps different processes need to be put in place for these things in future, which the League will have a look at just so that all stakeholders are 100 percent aware.

"So there was maybe just a few communication lines which were not clear enough, but I think everyone agreed in the end that it was not putting the League into disrepute by doing something like that.

"I think the clubs and that are still very positive with what we did there but, as I say, the League charged us more from a point of view of setting a precedent that it would be dangerous if this, according to them, was done without their knowledge.

"That wasn't really the case, and that's what we successfully proved – that there was knowledge of it and so forth, but it will be done a bit differently going forward, I'm sure, to protect the League and the teams."

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