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Card shocked me - Chansa

By unknown | Nov 29, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Mthembu

Sipho Mthembu

Orlando Pirates' midfielder Isaac Chansa yesterday issued a public apology for his uncharacteristic "moment of madness" in the match against Jomo Cosmos on Saturday.

Chansa appears before the Premier Soccer League's disciplinary committee later this afternoon for attacking assistant referee Yugesh Anjith.

This is after the official recommended that referee Lwandile Mfiki send him off, claiming the player had verbally abused him.

"I am very sorry," said Chansa. "I am sorry for the embarrassment I caused the Premier Soccer League, Orlando Pirates and our supporters.

"When I calmed down, I realised that I had overreacted. I was punished for something I did not do, but my reaction was uncalled for," said the usually level-headed Zambian.

"The red card shocked me. It was my first ever since I started playing football. I cannot explain my disappointment that I will now miss the derby [against Kaizer Chiefs on December 9].

"Not that other games are less important but the derby is extra special," Chansa said.

Chansa will not be the first Bucs player to appear before the league's DC this season. Nigerian Onyekachi Okonkwo was hauled over the coals for charging at referee Daniel Bennet after being sent off in the pre-season Telkom Charity Cup.

The league came down heavily on the Nigerian, gave him a one-match suspension and fined him R30000, R10000 of which was payable within 30 days and the rest suspended for a year.

Okonkwo was also ordered to write a letter of apology to Bennet and the PSL and was instructed to attend an anger management course.

Pirates will also face two separate charges of spectator misbehaviour after missile throwing incidents in their Telkom quarterfinal loss to Santos and Saturday's draw against Jomo Cosmos.

Chiefs have already played a game behind closed doors. This was after they were found guilty of a similar charge of riotous behaviour by fans.


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