Matlama appeal thrown out

Matlama appeal thrown out

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Vodacom Premier League giants Matlama suffered a blow last Friday when the league ruled against their attempts to have their points deduction overturned.
Last month ‘Tse Putsoa’ were docked three points and three goals after Matlama fans caused the abandonment of a league tie against Lioli at Setsoto Stadium on November 6. Matlama were also fined M10 000 and ordered to play one match behind closed doors.

Lioli were leading 2-1 with three minutes to play when Matlama fans descended onto the pitch baying for the referee’s blood.
The violent altercations that ensued between the two sets of fans resulted in the death of Matlama fan Realeboha Molise Tsatsi who was shot and died the following day at Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital.

At the time thepost reported the league’s ruling had not gone down well with Matlama’s bigwigs who felt being docked three points was unfair.
The club launched an appeal against the punishment two weeks ago. However, the league only restored three goals to Matlama’s tally.
‘Tse Putsoa’ secretary general Thabo Nkhahle said they are consulting with their legal team to see if there are any further steps they can take to have their points deduction reversed.
“We only got three goals back,” Nkhahle said at press conference on Tuesday.

“From our pool we were docked three points and three goals. We have already paid part of the judgement; we have played a match without supporters, we have been docked three points, but we have not yet paid the M10 000 fine.”
The three goals returned to Matlama will not change anything as far as their league position is concerned.

‘Tse Putsoa’ remain seventh in the Vodacom Premiership with 17 points. They are ten points adrift of leaders Bantu and facing another futile pursuit of the league title.
It was clear from the onset the league had learnt a lesson from the punishment it handed to Bantu after their fans assaulted match assessor Moeketsi Moholobela after a loss to Kick4Life at the Lesotho Correctional Service Grounds on September 24.

Bantu were fined M20 000, half of which was suspended for a season, and ordered to play one match without supporters.
However, the judgement was not well received by the football fraternity which viewed it as just a slap on the wrist compared to the offence committed. The league vowed to impose harsher sentences for crowd violence thereafter.

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