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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Matlama considering legal action against points deduction

Matlama considering legal action...
Vodacom Premier League giants Matlama say they are considering further action after the league rejected their appeal to have their points deduction overturned.

Tse Putsoa were docked three points and three goals after Matlama fans caused a league match against Lioli at Setsoto Stadium in November to be abandoned.

Lioli were leading 2-1 with three minutes left when Matlama fans stormed the field and tried to attack the match referee. The violent clashes between the two sets of fans ensued after the game resulting in the tragic death of Matlama fan Realeboha Molise Tsatsi after he was shot. The club was also fined M10 000 and ordered to play one match behind closed doors.

Matlama complained at being docked three points and three goals and three weeks ago they launched an appeal against the punishment. However, after a hearing on December 9, the league only restored three goals to Matlama’s tally.

Matlama secretary general Thabo Nkhahle said Tse Putsoa are consulting with their legal team to see if there are any further steps they can take to have their points deduction reversed.

As things stand, the three goals returned to Matlama do not change their league position.

Tse Putsoa, who last won the title in 2010, remain seventh in the Vodacom Premier League with 17 points. The record ten time champions are ten points adrift of league leaders Bantu and their title challenge already appears to be in tatters.

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