PSL fined Royal AM for not providing refereeing devices

The Premier League Disciplinary Committee fined Royal AM.

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This comes after the KwaZulu-Natal-based DStv Premiership team recently failed to provide the referees with the necessary equipment they use to communicate in one of their games.

Thwihli-Thwahla, known to be Royal AM, were called to a disciplinary committee led by PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu on Wednesday.

They had to respond to accusations that on March 4 they did not provide the judges with a communication device.

It was in a Premier League match where Royal AM beat Sekhukhune United 2-0. They pleaded guilty.

The referee that day, Abongila Tom, had to do his job without a device to allow him to communicate with his assistants and the fourth official.

“I can confirm that earlier today, Royal AM Football Club appeared before PSL DC to respond to allegations of failure to provide match officials with the appropriate communication devices that were provided to them by the league and in accordance with applicable regulations.” Zola Mayavu said in an audio statement.

“They pleaded guilty and were convicted accordingly. After hearing both aggravating and mitigating submissions, the RF Supreme Court fined them a sum of R50,000.

“Half of whom are suspended for a period of 24 months, provided that during the period of suspension they are not convicted of the same crime again.”

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“They were also ordered to pay DC expenses, which in any case must be administratively calculated by the league and added to their joint account for payment.”

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This means that Royal AM will have to shell out R25,000 plus the cost of a disciplinary committee meeting.

This was not Royal AM’s first run-in with the PSL disciplinary committee, as they consistently found themselves on the wrong side.

In 2021, they were found guilty of abandoning the official PSL game. This came after they withdrew from the relegation/promotion playoffs.

At the time, Royal AM refuted the decision of the disciplinary committee that had declared Sekhukhune the winner of the First National Division ahead of them.