Now Lekgothoane is in hot water

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Following an outcry over what has been perceived as a case of different strokes for different folks, PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu is charging Mamelodi Sundowns' Shere Lekgothoane with assault and unsportsmanly conduct.

There were questions asked when Maritzburg United's Gary Goldstone's brutal elbowing of Kaizer Chiefs striker Tshepo Bulu caused an uproar, and the subsequent storm resulted in Goldstone being roundly castigated. The player was fined and had to publicly apologise to Bulu.

This after an equally shocking incident involving Lekgothoane had failed to inspire the same passion.

While Bulu's case rightfully caused outrage and led for calls for Goldstone, a Maritzburg United player, to be banned, some accused the league of double standards and favouritism, as nothing more serious than a yellow card was shown to Lekgothoane when his tackle floored SuperSport's Anthony Laffor, who had to be hospitalised.

"The first respondent is Shere Lekgothoane and the second respondent is his employers, Mamelodi Sundowns. The hearing takes place tomorrow [today] at 5.30pm at the PSL offices," said Majavu.

Meanwhile, Steve Goddard, the match commissioner in the match has said Laffor hurt himself when he fell, after colliding with the Sundowns man. Goddard said there was no malicious intent, in his opinion.

"Having said that, I do not have the full report in front of me," he said.

Kirsten Nematandani, Safa's chairman of the national referees' committee said his association had not received the review of the Lekgothoane-Laffor case.