Gaston Sirino banned for two matches for assaulting two players

Mamelodi Sundowns playmaker Gaston Sirino has established a reputation as a short-tempered character.
Mamelodi Sundowns playmaker Gaston Sirino has established a reputation as a short-tempered character.
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Champions Mamelodi Sundowns will have to play two matches to conclude the defence of their league title without playmaker Gaston Sirino after the temperamental South American was on Monday slapped with a two-game ban for assaulting two fellow players.

The hot-headed Uruguayan was in February found guilty on several charges together with his club Sundowns by the league’s disciplinary committee but with no sanction announced.

Sundowns were found guilty of bringing the League in disrepute while Sirino was found guilty of assaulting his SuperSport United colleagues Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels during an MTN8 clash in September last year.

In a verdict announced by the leagues disciplinary committee on Monday‚ Sundowns were ordered to pay a fine of R200‚000 of which R150‚000 is suspended for a period of two years on condition that the club is not found guilty of a similar offence during the period of suspension.

“Gastón Sirino is ordered to serve a two-match suspension‚” said the ruling.

The influential playmaker tipped as one of contenders of the coveted footballer of the year award was also ordered to pay a fine of R75‚000 of which R25‚000 is suspended for a period of 24 months on condition that they are not found guilty of a similar offence during the period of suspension.

The ruling also ordered both Sundowns and Sirino to pay costs “for the several sittings of the Disciplinary Committee.”

Sirino lashed out at Daniels‚ pushing the defender in the throat‚ in Sundowns’ 2-0 second leg semifinal defeat to SuperSport on September 18.

The Uruguayan then slapped Furman.


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