Mamelodi Sundowns President Dr Patrice Motsepe has issued a statement of apology on the embarrassing Tebogo Langerman saga.
Langerman was included in the match day squad during Nedbank Cup triumph against Bloemfontein Celtic, while he was on suspension.
The club has since been fined R500 000 by the SAFA arbitrator, while Langerman has been given a one match ban.
“I would like to apologise to all the supporters and members of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family, as well as the organisations that are involved in football and all the people who love and follow football in South Africa and on the rest of the African Continent; for Tebogo Langerman being listed as a substitute during the recent Nedbank Cup final, contrary to the rules of the PSL and SAFA,” said Dr Motsepe in the statement issued on Monday.
“In my capacity as President of Mamelodi Sundowns I am responsible and accountable for everything that happens at Mamelodi Sundowns; whether I knew or did not know or was not aware or involved in the matter,” said Motsepe.
The club has promised to take strong action on whoever is responsible for the incident.
“Our preliminary investigation indicates that the Management and Technical Team were grossly negligent and this behaviour and conduct is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
A formal disciplinary hearing will be held as soon as possible and the appropriate action, including dismissal where the circumstances legally justify, will be implemented. We are a caring, loving and forgiving organisation but we also have a duty to protect the reputation, integrity and good name of Mamelodi Sundowns.
“We have to make sure that this kind of grossly negligent and reckless behaviour does not happen again.”
The club has also promised to issue an update and report back to the public on the matter as soon as possible.
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