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PLMC says still mulling how to punish Matlama



MASERU – The Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) says it is still deciding on how to punish Matlama for the violent attack by their fan on former ‘Tse Putsoa’ coach Mothobi Molebatsi last month.

Speaking to thepost this week, PLMC spokesperson Bokang Phasumane said the league is still conducting its own investigation but vowed the league would not let it pass without any action taken.

Phasumane said once everything is completed, the PLMC will announce its decision.

Last month the league was thrown into shame when Matlama fan Motlatsi Tšele assaulted Molebatsi after a Vodacom Premier League defeat to Lijabatho in Morija.

The PLMC had remained silent on the matter and fears were growing among football fans that it would be swept under the rug.

However, Phasumane insisted that would not be the case saying that as soon as the case arrives at its table, the league will have to act.

He said the PMLC’s silence has been because it cannot comment while the case is still in progress.

“We now have it on our table (and we are) working on it, there are things we still have to finalise but we cannot say anything until they’re completed,” Phasumane said.

The Premier League has refused to say what punishment Matlama might face for the disgraceful scenes involving their own fans.

It is possible, however, ‘Tse Putsoa’ will be fined or even docked points.

Tšele, who is from the club’s Thetsane supporters’ branch, has since been barred from attending Matlama’s home games by the club, and despite leading Matlama to the league championship last season, Molebatsi resigned as coach a day after Tšele’s attack.

The PLMC and the Lesotho Football Coaching Association have collectively condemned the shameful acts which have tarnished the league’s reputation. Many have suggested that such behaviour is why football in Lesotho is stagnant, and perpetrators must understand they will not get away with it.

Matlama are seventh in the Vodacom Premier League with 18 points and have only won one of their last five games.

The champions were held to a frustrating draw last weekend in Hlotse by struggling CCX and they return to Leribe on Saturday to face Galaxy.

Tlalane Phahla

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