Why FIFA Banned Mathoho & Fined Him R70,000
FIFA Banned Erick Mathoho & Fined Him Around R70,000
Football’s global governing body, FIFA, has added a further game to Erick Mathoho’s Bafana Bafana suspension for ‘committing an act of unsporting conduct’.
Mathoho was sent off in the first World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde last month after lashing out at one of his opponents despite being out of the field, and while he served a one-game ban automatically, FIFA has now added another game to it.
The decision means that Stuart Baxter has had to drop ‘Tower’ as he serves the second game of his suspension in the clash with Burkina Faso, calling up Mamelodi Sundowns’ Motjeka Madisha as his replacement.
SAFA sent out a press release detailing the rules that the Kaizer Chiefs man breached that led to the extended ban and fine of around R70,000.
The communication from FIFA said:
“Erick Mathoho is regarded as having breached art. 48 par. 1 c) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code by committing an act of unsporting conduct against an opponent in the scope of the match played between the representative teams Cape Verde Islands and South Africa on 1 September 2017 within the frame of the Preliminary Competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
“The player Erick Mathoho is suspended for two matches including the automatic match suspension, which was served in the match played between the representative teams of South Africa and Cape Verde Islands on 5 September 2017. The following match suspension has to be served during the match to be played between the representative teams of South Africa and Burkina Faso, scheduled on 7 October 2017.
“The player is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of CHF 5,000 in accordance with art.10 c) and art. 15 of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (FDC).”
Bafana have already started assembling for camp in Johannesburg ahead of the must-win clash with Burkina Faso.