Makola’s future looks bleak as PSL confirm lengthy ban

ith Mpho Makola’s contract coming to an end in June at Cape Town City, the midfielder faces an uncertain future after receiving a two-month ban from the Premier Soccer League disciplinary committee (PSL DC).

The Citizens chairman John Comitis confirmed to Sowetan yesterday that Makola was hit with a two-month ban, which Sowetan has learnt will kick in when the DStv Premiership matches resume next month.

Makola landed himself in hot water during the MTN 8 final in October last year when he involved himself in a physical altercation with assistant referee Cladwin Baloyi during Cape Town City’s penalty shootout defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Following a period of deliberation, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee has found the 35-year-old guilty of misconduct and ruled on Thursday that he is to be suspended for a period of six months, four months of which are suspended.

Full statement from PSL DC prosecutor, Adv. Zola Majuva:

I can confirm that in the case pertaining to Mpho Makola, player of Cape Town City, who was found guilty as charged in his conduct of pushing the match official, Mr. Baloyi, in a fixture, was sanctioned as follows by the disciplinary committee, together with his club:

Cape Town City Football Club, as the employer and the club for which Mr. Makola played and was fixtures on the day, was fined an amount of R200 000, which is fully suspended on condition that the same club is not found guilty of similar misconduct for a period of 24 months, from the date of the ruling, which is 21 December 2021.

With regard to Mr. Makola himself, he is suspended from participating in any football activities under the auspices of the league or SAFA for a period of six months, four months of which are suspended.

This effectively means that he will serve an effective two-month suspension which will run from 1 February 2022 and which will expire on 31 March 2022. This is in acknowledgement of the fact that during the January period, the league will not be in session due to the AFCON.

The balance of the four months that are suspended is suspended on the condition that during the next 18 months from the date of the ruling, he is not found guilty of similar misconduct…

As a result of the ruling, Makola will miss the Nedbank Cup encounter against Royal AM, Cape Town City’s league clash against Kaizer Chiefs on 15 February, as well as subsequent fixtures against Golden Arrows, Orlando Pirates, Sekhukhune United and Marumo Gallants.

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