Determined to make it clear that you cannot do just anything and get away with it, Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee (DC) on Friday handed Cape Town City midfielder Mpho Makola a six months ban.
Makola who also plays for Bafana Bafana was found guilty of assaulting referee Abongile Tom.
Makola shoved Tom in the chest after the match official awarded a penalty to Kaizer Chiefs during a Telkom Knockout Last 16 game on October 19.
Tom only gave Makola a yellow card for the incident, which was deserving of a red, and the PSL DC laid a charge after the game. The former Orlando Pirates midfielder has also been ordered to pay the costs of the hearing.
Makola came on as a substitute in City’s 2-1 loss at Black Leopards last Sunday, which will potentially be his last game of the 2019/20 season.
It is a blow for new City coach Jan Olde Riekerink, with the 33-year-old Makola an experienced member of his midfield. Makola is not the first player to receive a ban for a similar offence.
In 2001, Joseph Ngake and Thabo Mngomeni were suspended for an effective six months and four months respectively after the abandonment of a league fixture between the club, Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town.
Referee Paulo Marques had abandoned the game, fearing for his safety, when surrounded by Pirates players after trying to book Ngake for a second time.