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Sundowns' Michel has date with DC

By unknown | Jan 14, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Mamelodi Sundowns' head coach, Henri Michel, will be hauled before the Premier Soccer League's disciplinary committee tomorrow.

He is to answer to charges of bringing the league into disrepute for failing to attend the post-match television interviews after their match against Ajax Cape Town on December 20 last year. Sundowns lost the game 1-0.

Ajax player Franklyn Cale will also appear before the DC on similar charges.

The league's prosecutor, Zola Majavu, yesterday confirmed that the cases will be heard tomorrow.

This is the second time a Sundowns coach is hauled before the DC on similar charges. Trott Moloto refused to grant post-match interviews after Bafana ba Style lost 4-3 on penalties to Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 Cup final in Durban on September 23.

Sundowns, Moloto and captain Esrom Nyandoro received a R100000 fine, of which R60000 was suspended for the rest of the season.

Michel's actions on the day saw the club's president Patrice Motsepe issuing a statement voicing his disapproval.

He said: "I am very disappointed and embarrassed by the conduct of the head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, Henri Michel, in not giving a post-match interview to SABC and SuperSport television immediately after the match.

"I am told that the head coach went back to make himself available for the interview, it was too late. I hope that SABC and SuperSport will accept my unreserved apology on behalf of Mamelodi Sundowns."

Motesepe had promised that the club would "conduct an internal hearing and appropriate action will be taken", but it is unclear if that was done.

Meanwhile, a DC hearing involving Dynamos' protest against Jomo Cosmos for allegedly naming the suspended Bamuza Sono on their team sheet for their game on December 20 was postponed indefinitely on Monday, Majavu said.

Dynamos claim Sono was red-carded after a game against University of Pretoria for allegedly being involved in a fight on the way to the tunnel. After being alerted to the fact, Cosmos pulled Sono out of the team against Dynamos and he did not play. However, Dynamos are going ahead with their protest.


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