Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe has issued a public apology and threatened sackings over the farce that saw the club nearly stripped of their domestic treble.
Sundowns were embroiled in controversy when they nearly fielded a suspended player in their Nedbank Cup final triumph over Bloemfontein Celtic earlier this month.
The Brazilians had defender Tebogo Langerman not only appear on their teamsheet but also very nearly brought him on as a substitute in their 1-0 victory over Celtic on September 12.
The club were hauled before a SAFA arbitration as the Free State-based outfit lodged a formal protest after the match, though this was thrown out by the association "after NSL Handbook procedures for protests were not followed".
"I would like to apologise to all the supporters and members of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family, as well as the organisations that are involved in football and all the people who love and follow football in South Africa and on the rest of the African Continent, for Tebogo Langerman being listed as a substitute during the recent Nedbank Cup final, contrary to the rules of the PSL and SAFA," read a statement from the club.
"In my capacity as President of Mamelodi Sundowns I am responsible and accountable for everything that happens at Mamelodi Sundowns; whether I knew or did not know or was not aware or involved in the matter.
"Our preliminary investigation indicates that the Management and Technical Team were grossly negligent and this behaviour and conduct is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
"A formal disciplinary hearing will be held as soon as possible and the appropriate action, including dismissal where the circumstances legally justify, will be implemented."
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