‘Makola ban too harsh’

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Ex Orlando Pirates player Andries ‘Local is Lekker’ Sebola has joined a long list of members of the football fraternity who have reacted to the ban handed to Cape Town City midfielder Mpho Makola.

The Premier Soccer League confirmed on Friday that Makola has received a six-month ban from football after assaulting referee Abongile Tom during the Cape Town City match against Kaizer Chiefs last month.

The 33-year-old was only shown a yellow card for the incident but was later charged for misconduct and assault by the PSL.

But Sebola feels the decision was harsh and his age should have come into consideration.

Former Pirates striker, Andries Sebola.

“A very bad and harsh decision by the PSL because six months is a longer period considering his age. The same referee that gave him a yellow card with the same offence did he same mistake when Pirates were playing against Highlands Park, he allowed an offside situation whereby Highlands Park ended up losing the match,” Sebola told FARPost.co.za.

“So, you can see that the referees are not taking us anywhere. But knowing John Comitis (the Cape Town City boss) he will make an appeal so that the boy can still go back and play.

“The players will always misbehave because they are dying to play and win games for their teams but as long as the referees are not consistent and not full time, situations like these are still going to happen.”

Makola’s time in Cape Town City’s dressing room could be over if his appeal isn’t successful.

Makola is not the first player in the PSL to land in hot water over assaulting a referee. Former Orlando Pirates captain Onyekachi Okonkwo was also suspended after physically confronting referee Daniel Bennett in 2006.

Okonkwo was given a one match suspension, a R30 000 fine and ordered to write an apology to Bennett, the PSL and other stakeholders and complete an anger management course, as well as submitting the certificate to the PSL.

By Ofhani Munyai

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