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Should SAFA Clamp Down On Career Threatening Tackles?

Thulani ‘Tyson’ Hlatshwayo’s tackle on Sifiso Myeni in last night’s Absa Premiership fixture at the Orlando Stadium is one of the hottest talking points in domestic football today.

Walking into the Soccer Laduma news room this morning, one of the most common asked questions was, “Did you see Tyson’s tackle on Sifiso?”

With the nickname Tyson, Hlatshwayo’s reputation as a hard man precedes him, however the Bidvest Wits defender’s tackle on the Orlando Pirates winger in the The Students’ 1-0 was on another level.

I say another level, with a strong negative sentiment! 

Yes, Coach Gavin Hunt indicated after the game that he thought there was no malice in the tackle which saw Hlatshwayo red carded. At the time, however, Hunt did indicate that he had not seen a replay of the tackle.

I had the luxury of seeing the replay seconds after the tackle. It was not pretty... it was a career threatening tackle!

Bucs head coach, Eric Tinkler, has since informed the Siya crew that the injury is not as bad as initially thought and that Myeni’s leg is not broken. It will be a welcomed relief for both the player and the club, though it is not yet known when he will be back in action.

The crew got in touch with the PSL this morning, investigating if Tyson would receive an additional suspension, in context of the nature of the tackle. The PSL clearly indicated that it was up to SAFA to make that call, however the FA has not been available for comment. 

Should SAFA review certain incidents, calling for further punishment? Is a two match ban a fair punishment for such a tackle? I think not!

The FA need to step in and address the matter. A player’s career needs to be protected.  There is no place for reckless tackles in football, where careers are on the line.

What should SAFA do to avoid such incidents, as in with Hlatshwayo and Myeni? Share your thoughts with me below.

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