Mamelodi Sundowns and their captain Themba Zwane have found themselves in the spotlight for an incident that has led to a fine of R70 000 by the PSL DC. The incident in question took place during an MTN8 match against Moroka Swallows, where Zwane and his teammates engaged in their traditional fan salute just as the referee signaled for the game to kick off.
This unexpected delay of approximately three minutes has resulted in a financial penalty for both the player and the club.
Themba Zwane, a prominent figure in Mamelodi Sundowns, bore the brunt of the fine, with R20 000 imposed on him, half of which has been suspended on the condition that he refrains from committing a similar offense in the coming year. On the club’s side, Sundowns has been slapped with a fine of R50 000, half of which is also suspended.
Interestingly, this means that the cumulative amount that both Zwane and Mamelodi Sundowns will have to pay is R35 000, in addition to covering the costs of the disciplinary sitting. Notably, the PSL DC has also demanded an apology from both the captain and the club.
“Effectively, between Mr. Themba Zwane and Mamelodi Sundowns, they have to pay a cumulative amount of R35 000 plus costs of sitting, as well as write an apology to the League/sponsors,” says League prosecutor, Zola Majavu.
The apology is expected to be addressed to the League and its sponsors, and must be published on the official club website.
Zola Majavu, the League prosecutor, shed light on the matter by emphasizing the significance of adhering to match timelines and demonstrating accountability. This incident, while relatively minor, has prompted both the player and the club to be mindful of their actions on the field, recognizing the impact that even seemingly innocuous gestures can have on the flow of the game.
As the football world watches, Mamelodi Sundowns and Themba Zwane will now have to navigate the aftermath of this incident, not only by paying the fines but also by conveying a genuine apology that reflects their commitment to fair play and professionalism.