Mamelodi Sundowns are set for punishment after naming Tebogo Langerman in the matchday squad for the Nedbank Cup final against Bloemfontein Celtic.
Sundowns’ 1-0 win at Orlando Stadium to complete the treble has been marred by confirmation that Langerman was not supposed to be named amongst the substitutes.
Records show the defender was suspended and according to the NSL Handbook, the mere fact that he was amongst the subs means he “participated”.
A source at Celtic has confirmed to FARPost that Siwelele did lodge a complaint, but only at the end of the match. In this case, Sundowns are only likely to get a monetary fine.
“As said before, any punitive measure will have nothing to do with the outcome of the match. Precedents show that Member Clubs escape with a monetary fine,” said former PSL general manager and referee, Ace Ncobo, when asked about the matter.
Had Celtic lodged a protest at least 30 minutes before the match and Sundowns insisted on keeping Langerman among the substitutes, there’s a good chance the match could either be replayed or awarded to Celtic.
Langerman was booked in Downs’s 3-0 win over Black Leopards a week ago for his fourth booking hence the suspension, but Sundowns still went ahead and named him amongst the subs for the final. In fact, they almost fielded him but the bench appeared to have been warned not to.
Be that as it may, the fact that he was in the matchday squad means he participated, according to the rules.
FARPost will provide further updates.
*This story was updated to include the fact that Celtic did not protest at least 30 minutes before the match, as per the rules.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa