United duo face music for tirade

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

SuperSport United coach Pitso Mosimane and his goalkeeper, Andre Arendse, will appear before the Premier Soccer League's disciplinary committee today to face three charges that include verbally abusing an assistant referee.

They will also face a charge of unsporting behavior after running onto the pitch and charging at the assistant referee, Godfrey Selopetsa.

The incident happened after their Castle Premiership match against the triumphant Black Leopards at Thohoyandou Stadium last Sunday.

United lost that match 1-0.

Zola "Javas" Majavu, the league's prosecutor, said Mosimane and Arendse will also face an alternative charge of bringing the league into disrepute.

"I can confirm the three charges and that the two gentlemen will appear before the DC tomorrow [today]," said Majavu yesterday.

"United have also been charged vicariously because they have to take responsibilities for the behaviour of their employees. But I don't want to comment further because they are still to appear before the DC."

Mosimane and Arendse went berserk and had to be restrained by assistant coach Thomas Madigage, Leopards' boss David Thidiela and the police.

Their behaviour was not a good advert for South African football. Their action was condemned by many people at the stadium, especially coming barely two weeks after the PSL charged Isaac Chansa of Orlando Pirates for attacking a match official.

Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns defender Mbulelo Mabizela and Benoni Premier United striker Masixole May will appear before the Safa disciplinary committee today after they were found to have used marijuana.