Marumo, AmaZulu may bear huge costs over kit fiasco
Tie rescheduled as both teams wore clashing colours
Marumo Gallants again found themselves at odds with the PSL rules yesterday when it emerged they didn’t have an alternative kit against AmaZulu, resulting in the game being abandoned.
The match at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi was called off after both benches seemingly alerted referee Christopher Kistoor about the clashing kit colours just nine minutes into the encounter.
The PSL confirmed the match has since been rescheduled for today at the same venue (3.30pm). PSL prosecutor Nande Becker has made it clear the guilty parties in this fiasco will pay the costs incurred by broadcaster SuperSport and other affected stakeholders.
“To my mind, I will be looking at the possibility of holding somebody who caused this responsible such that they must pay the costs incurred. On top of that they could be a fine and sanctions as well. I have already asked for figures from SuperSport,'' Becker told Sowetan.
Becker also suggested the match officials should also take a fair share of criticism for not identifying the confusion in the pre-match meeting a day before the game.
“I can’t understand that the match was abandoned because there’s a pre-match meeting that takes place at least a day before the match so that issues like kit clashes and everything like that can be sorted out,’’ said Becker.
AmaZulu, the hosts, were clad in their traditional green colours while Gallants donned dark navy, which is their home colours. Match officials took about 30 minutes on the call with the PSL hierarchy before calling-off the tie. A source close to AmaZulu confirmed the visitors didn’t have an alternative kit.
“Gallants made it clear they came with one set of kit and that is against the PSL rules. The referees consulted with the high-ranking league officials before taking the decision to call the game off,’’ said the informant who was at the venue.
What renders Gallants blameworthy is that article 17.2 of the PSL constitution, as stipulated in the handbook, states: “Both member clubs must take their official team outfit as well as their alternative team outfit to all matches.”
Article 17.3 makes it clear it’s the visiting side’s responsibility to ascertain the colours of the home team. It’s clear Gallants didn’t bother to find out was colour AmaZulu were going to use.