Ernst Middendorp could be charged by the Premier Soccer League following a decision he took shortly after Kaizer Chiefs’ defeat to Bidvest Wits at the weekend.
The Amakhosi coach opted to skip the mandatory Absa Premiership press conference scheduled for both teams some two hours after their encounter at the FNB Stadium, with only Gavin Hunt availing himself to speak to the media.
It’s an obligation for coaches to attend a briefing with the broadcasters and journalists before and after the game as per the league’s manual, and failure to do so often results in charges and a fine, like it was the case with Thoka Matsimela of Baroka FC earlier this season.
The Baroka assistant coach was standing in for then head coach Wedson Nyirenda against Wits in August when he failed to attend a post-match conference.
As a result of his misdemeanour, Matsimela was charged and found guilty by the league – both the club and the coach fined R100 000 each, which was suspended for two years on condition that they are not found guilty of breaching the media manual in that period.
Chiefs did not give an official comment last night explaining why Middendorp, who cut a devasted figure after the 1-0 loss, snubbed the press.
Wits, who were the hosts, only informed journalists that the German would not be available and only Hunt would be addressing them.
Asked for comment, PSL spokesperson Luxolo September told the Siya crew: “I cannot comment specifically on coach Middendorp because I do not have the facts. But the same rules apply to everyone regarding the media manual on match day.”
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