MASERU — Two top Premier League sides were on Tuesday handed hefty fines for their supporters’ rowdy behaviour during the Vodacom Soccer Spectacular matches a fortnight ago.
Matlama were slapped with a M70 000 while Linare were fined M50 000 after they were found guilty of breaching the tournament’s rules.
Matlama have been given until Wednesday to pay their M70 000 fine for their supporters’ behaviour in a match against rivals Bantu.
Linare were fined for their supporters’ unsporting behaviour during their encounter against Maduma in Leribe.
The management committee said Matlama hurled missiles onto the field and caused a brief stop in play during the Soccer Spectacular final against Bantu.
The incident occurred just after Tse Putsoa had equalised in injury time at Setsoto Stadium.
Management committee chairman, Tlholo Letete, said they had found that the behaviour by Matlama supporters was premeditated.
The committee found the team guilty of contravening Article 11.1 of the competition’s rules and regulations which bars supporters from throwing objects onto the field of play.
“In the premises, the management committee unanimously found Matlama Football Club guilty as charged under Article 11.1 and Matlama Football Club is ordered to pay an amount of M70 000 in terms of Article 11.2,” Letete said.
“In terms of Article 14.2, Matlama Football Club is therefore ordered to pay M70 000 on or before the 14th Day of December 2011.”
In a letter to Linare, Letete said the club has to pay the M50 000 fine within seven days of receiving the instruction.
“Kindly be informed that the committee after considering your submissions regarding your unsporting behaviour on (sic) the above match (Linare vs Maduma on November 6 2011), did finally reach a verdict to (sic) your case of misconduct,” he said.
“This is in terms of the 2011 Vodacom Soccer Spectacular Rules and Regulations.”
“The regulations were interpreted and Linare FC, wherefore the club was found to be guilty.
“In identifying the ideal punishment for Linare club, it was considered that the club is not the first offender in the Vodacom Soccer Spectacular tournament,” Letete said.
“Furthermore, the committee also considered that Article 11.9 did not allow for suspension of fines and as thus the committee has no other option but to fine Linare M50 000
in terms of article 11.2.”