call to ban goldstone

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Kaizer Chiefs' manager Bobby Motaung is adamant Maritzburg United defender Gary Goldstone should be suspended for six months for elbowing an opponent on Sunday.

Goldstone elbowed Chiefs striker Tshepo Bulu during the two side's tense Absa Premiership game at Chatsworth Stadium.

"Such brutal incidents need to be noted and Goldstone, for his action, must not play soccer for six months.

"It is unfair to hurt other players when we're here to play soccer," said a fuming Motaung yesterday.

"The league must do something about the matter because that was brutal. I don't know how the referee missed that incident."

Bulu was rushed to the local hospital after the challenge but was later discharged. He was asked to return for an operation in the morning.

Former referee Sylvester Ndaba said: "The referee was supposed to send Goldstone off.

"I think the referee, [Abdullah] Ebrahim received a wrong message from his assistant, that is why he didn't take appropriate action against the culprit."

Maritzburg United's coach Gordon Igesund was hopping mad about the incident and has summoned Goldstone to a disciplinary hearing today at 2pm.

Igesund said he reprimanded Goldstone in the dressing room after the game.

"I will not tolerate that kind of behaviour from my players. Goldstone will be hauled before the club's disciplinary committee this afternoon," Igesund said.

"He will have to explain why he did that and he is going to be dealt with severely.

"It's either he is fined a month's salary or he is suspended because I believe in fair play.

"I have had a player who was guilty of a similar offence at one of my previous clubs in the past and I fined him a whole month's salary for that.

"The Maritzburg United management, the coaching staff and the players wish Bulu a speedy recovery," added Igesund.

This is the second player this season to experience such a nasty incident.

The first was SuperSport United's striker Anthony Laffor who was left unconscious on the pitch after a challenge by Mamelodi Sundowns' Shere Lekgothoane during the MTN8 semifinal second leg at Super Stadium.

Steve Goddard, chairman of the Safa referees review committee, said they were due to review the game yesterday afternoon and would only be able to come up with the report this morning.

In the 2006 World Cup final in Germany between France and Italy an ugly head-butting incident was witnessed by millions of viewers around the world.

France's captain Zinedine Zidane was banned for three games and fined £3260 for head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi.

But a Fifa investigation discovered that Zidane was provoked and they therefore suspended Materazzi for two games and fined him £2170 for the provocation.