Pirates were formally charged for denying Tim Sukazi entry at Orlando Stadium towards the end of 2021. Sukazi claimed he had ‘all-access’ accreditation, and as per the video that did the rounds at the time, the club boss was seen showing the police and security stewards the accreditation, but a controversial altercation followed as he was denied entry.
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Pirates had pled not guilty, but the disciplinary hearing into the case – set to be heard on 26 January – was then postponed due to media officer Thandi Merafe being in Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations.
In the latest update, Pirates have been found guilty of denying Sukazi access to Orlando stadium. The PSL DC found that Bucs brought the “game into disrepute” and both parties will deliberate on 3 May regarding the sanction.
“The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has returned a guilty verdict. This is a result of Pirates have been found unreasonably denied Mr Tim Sukazi access to Orlando Stadium when he was entitled to do so,” said Majavu as per PSL media department.
“As a result, Orlando Pirates was found to have brought the league, the game, Safa, Caf, Fifa and the sponsors into disrepute. Having been so convicted, the next stage is for parties to address the committee with the appropriate sanction.
“The matter will therefore argue on 3 May 2022 at 15h00 with regard to what each party contends should be the appropriate sanction whereafter the DC will make its final decision on sanction.”
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Sukazi had previously called for Pirates to apologise and own up to misconduct
Sukazi, who is a lawyer by profession, has prevoiusly said Pirates need to accept responsibility for what happened.
“We are monitoring the situation with keen interest,” Sukazi told SunSport.
“If Pirates are found guilty, they should lead by example, show leadership, and own up to their conduct. They must issue a public apology to the fans and TS Galaxy.
“It is a terrible incident, and we look to Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Pirates as the smaller teams. We did not expect them to behave in that manner,” he added.
Sukazi also added that he would be consoled “if they are found guilty and charged for what they did.
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