The South African Police Service have provided an update on the arrest of Orlando Pirates midfielder, Ben Motshwari.
On Monday morning, Pirates confirmed the suspension of Motshwari, pending an investigation, after being charged by police, although the club did not give further details on what led to the arrest.
The Buccaneers said in their statement, “Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm that it has suspended midfielder Ben Mothswari after being charged by police this morning. Mr Motshwari will remain suspended, pending an investigation. The matter is subject to a legal process and the Club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.”
It has since been confirmed to the Siya crew by sources in the know, that the 30-year-old Randfontein-born midfielder had a case of common assault opened against him after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo confirmed to the Siya crew that the police are conducting further investigation after a case of common assault was opened against the soccer star, although he would not divulge his name.
“We cannot mention the name of the accused because he didn’t appear in court. Yes, a 30-year-old soccer player was arrested but the case was struck off the roll pending further investigation. It was struck off the roll before he could appear in court,” confirmed Masondo.
“He was arrested yesterday morning and charged with common assault. He was arrested in Randfontein. A case of common assault was opened against him and yesterday morning he handed himself over to the police at Randfontein Police Station,” the police officer confirmed.
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