Becker wanted four-match ban for Sirino


PSL prosecutor Nande Becker admits he personally wanted a four-match ban for Mamelodi Sundowns star Gaston Sirino.

Sirino only received a two-match ban for striking SuperSport United duo Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels back in September and has also been fined R75 000, of which R25 000 is suspended for 24 months.

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His club Mamelodi Sundowns were also found guilty of bringing the league into disrepute and were fined R200 000, of which R150 000 is suspended for a period of 24 months.

Both Sundowns and the player were ordered to pay the costs of the sittings, which were stretched out over several months.

"I would have preferred four matches but the DC has made a ruling justified by a well written set of rules," Becker tells when asked why the midfielder only got a two-match ban.

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Pressed further to provide reasons, Becker said he could not divulge them and referred this website to the PSL's head of legal Michael Murphy.

Murphy had this to say: "There was a guilty finding and then they considered the sanction. I mean they looked at a particular rule with a specific sanction. So they considered it all.

"It was a pretty good committee to consider this. These rules are in the NSL handbook, and it would be nice if people read them and commented on that.

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"They looked at if the guy got any 'prior convictions' and all those things, then they had to come to a decision...

"This is not a like a sanction. Yes, it's a two-match ban, but then I mean he got a R75 000 fine which only R25 000 was suspended. But it was well done, it was an excellent tribunal, and there was a decision."