Maselesa ruled out of Soweto Derby


Masalesa was ‘trigger-happy’ referee Victor Gomes’ third sending-off on the night after receiving his second yellow card of the night.

The 23-year-old, who was strangely handed the armband as he made his sixth straight start of the season, will now miss fixtures against Maritzburg United, Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs.

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Masalesa received his first sending off in the MTN8 defeat to Ajax Cape Town when he was shown red from the bench late in the game for foul language directed at the fourth official.

According to the PSL rules (Chapter Five: Disciplinary Matters – Dismissals) any player who gets a subsequent sending off during the same season gets a suspension that will be increased by a further one match from the suspension previously served.

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“Any player dismissed from the pitch, tunnel or dressing rooms by the referee (i.e. “red carded” or sent off, including dismissal as a result of two (2) yellow cards awarded in the same match) for the first time in any season will be suspended from participation in the next two (2) matches to be played by his team in any official competition under the auspices of the League. For each subsequent occasion that a player is dismissed during the same season the period of suspension will be increased by one (1) match from the suspension previously served. Any period of suspension or part thereof which remains outstanding at the end of a season must be served at the commencement of the next season.”

Masalesa had built up a rare run of starts – the first time he has actually played six games in a row in all competitions since he arrived Pirates in June 2012 from Wits.

In being handed his second red of the season, Masalesa now joins his Limpopo homeboy Joseph Molangoane in the list of players with two sending offs already.

Fortunately for Pirates they have enough capable cover in that holding midfield role, with either Issa Sarr or Edwin Gyimah to take over.

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