“The complaint was that the action we viewed as against the culture. SA has diverse cultural beliefs and what they did, doing that in public, went against some of the cultures, which is unacceptable in this country.
“As far as we respect the cultures of people, that can’t be done. Even in our local league we don’t allow those things.
“And it has the potential of damaging the field and we believe it was not in any way sports-related.”
Motlanthe said Safa’s concern was Simba’s action was disrespectful given that SA teams would not go to another country and openly practise muti rituals in the middle of a field before a game.
“Exactly, you can’t — they [the host club] will call security,” he said.
“Even for you to get into the stadium the day before is a problem because you are followed by the police all around. It was disrespectful and poor sportsmanship.”