Moroka Swallows Chairman David Mogashoa Uses PSL Disciplinary Verdict to Mock Cape Town Spurs

Moroka Swallows Chairman David Mogashoa Uses PSL Disciplinary Verdict to Mock Cape Town Spurs

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at January 12, 2024 at 8:35 AM
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  • Moroka Swallows faced a Premier Soccer League disciplinary hearing on Thursday, January 11
  • The Dube Birds have been leniently punished and Chairman David Mogashoa has found positives
  • Cape Town Spurs released a statement earlier in the week requesting a harsh punishment for Swallows

Two clubs look set for a bitter public relegation scrap.

Moroka Swallows were handed a series of punishments by the Premier Soccer League for failing to honour two fixtures in late December due to the club's players on strike because of unpaid wages.

The Dube Birds' chairman seems to view the verdict as a positive outcome which will give him breathing space before the league resumes in February.

Moroka Swallows, David Mogashoa, PSL disciplinary, verdict, Cape Town Spurs.
Moroka Swallows Chairman David Mogashoa mocked Cape Town Spurs on social media following the PSL's disciplinary verdict against the Dube Birds. Photo: @UnplayableZA.
Source: Twitter

The PSL have fined Moroka Swallows R1 million with R600,000 of that suspended for 24 months. This means that should they fail to honour a fixture in that time, that portion of the fine will come into effect.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows have also received the points for the two fixtures Swallows failed to play.

The disciplinary committee also ordered that costs relating to the hosting of the fixtures are also payable by Swallows. In determining the outcome, iDiskiTimes published the PSL's reasoning, which stated:

"The DC recognised that they pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and that was accepted in their favour as indicative of remorse."

The Dube Birds Chairman celebrated by posting a tweet that read 'Moroka Swallows 1 - 0 Cape Town Spurs'.

This was in response to Spurs calling for the PSL to expel Swallows from the league. Writing to the PSL before the hearing, SABC Sport reported Spurs demanding:

"The League appears amateurish and unprofessional when this type of incident occurs. The imposition of a fine and a forfeiture of the match is simply not enough."

Many read this request as a way for Spurs to profit from Swallows's misfortune to retain their DStv Premiership status.

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Moroka Swallows have been in financial turmoil since November 2023 resulting in a player strike.

The club's chairman blamed the PSL claiming that they had vetoed two lucrative sponsorship deals.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.