Six-month bans await PSL duo?

Premiership

The Premier Soccer League have confirmed that the prosecutor has charged two Bidvest Wits players for alleged assault of a match official.

Wits goalkeeper Ricardo Goss and midfielder Sameehg Doutie are set to face the music following their recent actions in an Absa Premiership match against Cape Town City last Saturday.

Goss and Doutie are both thought to have shoved referee Masixole Bambiso following the awarding of a penalty to The Citizens in the 60th minute, after which a protest ensued.

Goss was subsequently shown a yellow card, while Doutie walked away scot-free from the scene. However, the League's prosecutor Nande Becker will now take retrospective action.

Given the charges of misconduct, if found guilty of assault, The Clever Boys duo could face a minimum sanction of a six-month ban in accordance with rule 57.2.1.2 of the NSL Handbook - similar to that of City midfielder Mpho Makola last year.

But should they be be found guilty of unsporting behaviour, a lesser sentence of a minimum four-match ban will be handed down - as was the case with Makola, who took the initial sentence on review to SAFA.

A monetary fine is also expected to be handed down to both players and the club, which may be suspended.

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