PSL clears Antipas after red card

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has cleared Motor Action coach Joey Antipas to sit on the bench in his team’s next league fixture against visiting Chicken Inn at Motor Action Sports Club on Saturday.

Antipas and his assistant David George were sent to the terraces in their team’s last Premier league match against Zimbabwe Saints for an alleged outburst at referee Lawrence Magada.

There were strong fears that the PSL would ban the two from the Mighty Bulls touch line for at least a game for their wayward behaviour.

While there is no law that allows for a cautioned coach to face an immediate ban, Fifa law 5 on the rules of the game says the league can sanction it if they see it appropriate.

Fifa law 5 says: “The league sanction for a sent-off coach or manager is normally a ban from being in the dugout or in the changing room for a certain number of matches thereafter. The particular football association determines the length of the ban.”

However, PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele yesterday cleared the two coaches.

He said: “Unless we get a specific complaint from Zimbabwe Saints, or the match officials, as of now I haven’t received anything in my office, they will sit on the bench.”

This will be a morale booster to Motor Action who will be looking to peel off from the trailing FC Platinum and Dynamos.

The Mighty Bulls are leading the chase with 42 points, the same number of points with the Zvishavane-based team while Dynamos, on 39, are not far off.

Chicken Inn coach Philani Ncube has promised to derail Motor Action’s charge towards their second consecutive league title.

“We have to respect Motor Action. After all they are the defending champions and have just won the BancABC Sup8r Cup. Any team that manages that has to be respected. They clearly start as favourites because they will be at home, but we are ready for them. We will give it all we have and seek the three points”, said Ncube.