Makola wins round one in ban appeal

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Cape Town City midfielder Mpho Makola might be thrown a lifeline in his assault case after going to the SAFA Appeals Board.

The veteran midfielder is currently serving a six-month ban for pushing referee Abongile Tom in the Telkom Knockout last 16 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.

The Citizens' argument is that in a similar incident Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana was only banned for four matches (as per article 129 (a) of CAF's Disciplinary Code) after he pushed a referee in frustration during a CAF Champions League match in August.

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In Makola's case the PSL prosecutor Nande Becker used Article 57.2.1.2 of the National Soccer League (NSL) Handbook, which carries at least six (6) months for assaulting a match official.

According to City chairman John Comitis, in last Friday's appeal hearing the SAFA Appeals Board asked the PSL prosecutor and his team to explain why their rules differ to that of FIFA.

"No, they didn't make one [a decision], they said they want the League to give a reason why their rules are not aligned with the FIFA rules," Comitis reveals to KickOff.com.

"So the prosecutor has been given a challenge. They haven't made that determination yet, the guys that make the determination on the sentence said they will only bring their verdict out by the 17th of December.

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"But what they did ask... they asked the PSL to show them why the PSL rules are not aligned with FIFA rules on this matter and the prosecutor was trying to explain that 'we can have our own rules in South Africa'.

"You know, you need to show me that your rules can be above the FIFA rules. So they've got a serious challenge. I don't know when it is exactly when they have to respond on that one, but I know by the 17th Makola was told they will make a determination [on his appeal].

"Look, at the end of the day we want what is fair. As I said from the beginning, we don't for one minute condone his behaviour okay, we know full well that he was wrong.

"But there's also a right sentence for the crime and they just need to get that right, that's it."

Becker refused to comment.

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