Pirates launch investigation into Lorch misconduct


Orlando Pirates have revealed that they have opened up an internal investigation into the conduct of star player Thembinkosi Lorch.

Lorch was arrested by police in the early hours of Monday morning after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

The 27-year-old appeared at the Midrand Magistrate court on Monday and was released on a R2 000 bail.

“Orlando Pirates Football Club is initiating an investigation into the conduct of Thembinkosi Lorch,” the cub said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This is in line with the Club’s Code of Conduct and Pledge that all Orlando Pirates employees including players are signatories to. The Orlando Pirates Code of Conduct and specific Pledge against violence perpetrated against Women and Children impose duty on the Club to investigate the allegations make against Lorch.

“The Code of Conduct and Pledge apply 24/7, on and off the field of play. The Club investigation will commence with immediate effect,” read the statement.

The Bafana Bafana forward was recently suspended by the club together with Justin Shonga, for breaching the team’s protocols prior to reporting to the bio-bubble.

He was later cleared and his suspension lifted following disciplinary proceedings against him.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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