Dynamos face $10 000 fine

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Dynamos go before the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Disciplinary Board today, facing a $10 000 fine over charges of unsporting behaviour following their two red and seven yellow cards during a Champions League tie against MC Algiers of Algeria.

The Disciplinary Committee meets in Johannesburg, South Africa today (Tuesday).

The match ended 3-0 in favour of the North Africans, meaning Algiers proceed to the next round on away goals rule after the two legs ended 4-4 on aggregate.

During the match, Archford Gutu and Guthrie Zhokinyi were shown red cards, while seven other players received cautions — which means using the controversial referee Fahim Oman’s report Dynamos are accused of violating Article 130 of the Code of Conduct and also party of Article 129.

Article 130 on Teams’ Misconduct reads: “The following constitute misconduct by a team and are sanctioned by a maximum fine of $10 000.

• When four players are cautioned during one match;
• When three players are sent off during one match;
• When three players are cautioned plus one or more are expelled during one match;
• When several players together make threats or show force against a match official.”

If the decision goes against Dynamos, who are hoping for an overturn of the results, they are empowered by Article 58 to deposit $3 000 for an appeal to be heard-a sum that will be refundable if Dynamos win the appeal.

But more dangerous for Dynamos is that Article 32 of the same code says: “Facts contained in the match officials’ report are presumed to be accurate.” That is unless Dynamos provide evidence contrary to what the match officials would have written, which they have not done as they did not file a complaint.

What is clear is that the referee was biased against Dynamos and it is his document that will rule supreme in Johannesburg.

Dynamos can further be nailed by Article 129, if the referee fingered certain players in his report if there was excessive complaining about his decisions.

Part of the article on Misconduct against match officials reads: “1-Including the automatic suspension, in accordance with article 94, paragraph 4, the overall suspension imposed on any person receiving a direct red card shall be for at least:

• At least four matches for unsporting conduct towards a match official;

• At least six months for assaulting a match official;

• At least 12 months for spitting at a match official.”
The continental football body announced the seven matches under dispute.

The board said the complaints which were going to be heard included one filed by Tunisia’s Club Africain’s for their first round match against Zamalek in Egypt, following their 4-2 win in Tunisia.

Interestingly, Zamalek have also filed a counter protest against Club Africain following their abandoned match in Egypt in the second leg.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s ASV Club have also filed a complaint regarding their first leg, first round match against Coton Sport (Cameroon). Coton Sport won the match 1-0 before winning the second leg 2-0.

Nigeria’s Kano Pillars have also filed a protest following their first round match against WAC Casablanca from Morocco, which ended in a nil-all draw. The Morroccan side won the first leg 2-0 at home.

Nigeria’s Enyimba have also filed a protest against Gabon’s US Bitam following their 2-0 loss in the first round match.

In the unlikely event that the Caf disciplinary board rules in favour of DeMbare, they will play their second round match against Grupo Desportivo Interclube on April 24 in Angola, while the return leg is slated for May 8.

Caf is also set to deliberate on several disputed matches in the Confederation Cup.

Angola’s AS Aviaçao have filed a protest against Sofapaka (Kenya) following their defeat while Mozambique’s Desportivo Maxaquene have also taken their case to Caf alleging unfair play after being knocked out by AS Adema (Madagascar).