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Mogorosi suspended yet again

Mogorosi suspended yet again
February 19
12:43 2018

Tlotlo Kebinakgabo

Township Rollers vice-captain, Joel Mogorosi has been suspended by the Botswana Premier League (BPL) disciplinary committee for the second time this season.

The former national team captain was earlier this season slapped with a three match ban and a P5,000 fine for bringing the game of football into disrepute as well as using abusive language towards another player during their first leg encounter against Sharps Shooting Starts.

Fresh from his earlier suspension, Mogorosi and his team mate, Mthokosizi Msomi were embroiled in a bitter fight with TAFIC defender Samuel Phiri after he slapped their team mate Edwin Moalosi. The events took place during the Rollers and TAFIC encounter which was played in Gaborone last month.

They were charged with misconduct as a result of violence and misbehaviour for bringing the game of football into disrepute contrary to the Botswana Football Association (BFA) Play Rules and Regulations. The duo pleaded guilty to the charges.

This time around the 33 year old has been spanked with a P5,000 fine and 10 matches ban whereas his counterpart (Msomi) was as well given a P5,000 fine but got a seven match ban. Their ban meant that they are not allowed to partake in all local competitions and rendered ineligible to play or participate in BFA activities during the suspension. The duo has however been given 10 days to appeal.

Contacted to comment on the judgement, Rollers spokesperson, Phempheretlhe Pheto indicated that they are intending to appeal the judgement as they feel it is too harsh. He said the judgement does not mean that Mogorosi can be labelled an undisciplined player. “The offences he committed are not the same. He was just unfortunate to be involved in that incident on his return. That is why I believe he must stay strong. He as well did not expect the ruling to come out in that way but he is an experienced player who is aware that such things happen in football.”

Footballers Union Botswana’s (FUB) Puso Motlhabane said they are not in a position to comment on the matter. “We still have not seen the judgement and we will only be able to comment as soon as we see it, “he said.

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