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Is The Point To Punish or Rehabilitate Bibo?

Drugs, society and sport have always shared an explosive relationship. A massive debate is ongoing over Thandani “Bibo” Ntshumayelo. Bibo has received a four year ban for his use of Cocaine. Supporters continue the debate about the fairness of this.

Many supporters have stated that the sentence leveled upon Bilbo is too harsh, given his age of 26, he will be 30 when the ban is finished, which essentially ends his football career and his main source of income.

“Bibo messed up we all know that. But four years is far too harsh for his cocaine use. I would expect such a ban if he had used cheating drugs, performance enhancers. For a recreational drug which has no impact on his performance, I think it's a bit harsh. He needs help not to be thrown to the wolves. K4L.” - DopeZN

 “How can you rehabilitate a player with a such a talent by burning him for four years. I know he made a mistake but four years is too much.” – Ndeleleni ka Gconana

There are also other supporters who are of the opinion that Bibo was well aware of the consequences facing him when he decided to do the things he did and that a four year sentence sends a strong message to the youth and other footballers who may be considering doing the same thing.

“I'm sorry for Bibo, I'm a fan of his but I'm sure he was aware of the consequences if he got caught. The four year sentence is fair because we need a drug free society and in sport it should be condemned.” - axepatosi

The answer, however, usually lies somewhere in the middle.

 “We as supporters may say bad things about each others' teams, just to spite one another. The truth is, it is inhumane to dance on another man's grave. All man are fallible, we are all capable of making mistakes. I do believe that a four year suspended ban and a fine would have been an appropriate sanction in this regard. The objective is to correct the conduct than to punish, lest his innocent family suffer #KC4Life.” – c4

Is there a better way to handle this matter?


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