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The Silver Lining In Sirino's Pending Assault Case

Should Gaston Sirino, as expected, be handed a minimum two-match ban this week after he was charged by the Premier Soccer League disciplinary committee, there’s nothing stopping him from playing for Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League. 

The talented, but at times fiery midfielder, was earlier this month told to appear before a hearing to face the music following his slap on the SuperSport United duo of skipper Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels during a match. 

Read: Pitso: How Do You Deal With Katsande's Yellow Cards Everyday? 

According to Rule 57.1.1.1 of the league handbook, Sirino’s misconduct carries a minimum sentence of two matches, but one which won’t affect his appearance in the Champions League group stages, which kicks off this weekend.

This is because the sanction likely to be handed out, if Sirino is found guilty, does not apply to games outside the PSL jurisdiction and the Champions League is governed by CAF, the continent’s football motherbody. 

Sirino is already serving a two-game suspension following his red card on Saturday afternoon in the win over Golden Arrows for Downs to book their place in the final of the Telkom Knockout against Maritzburg United on December 14. 

He missed Tuesday night's clash at home against AmaZulu, but coach Pitso Mosimane can still rely on him in the Champions League regardless of the pending sanction for his assault case in that MTN8 fixture against SuperSport United earlier this season.  

Read: Pitso: The Trophy Is In Chloorkop!

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