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Royal AM & MaMkhize Charged

Royal AM, chairman Andile Mpisane and president Shauwn Mkhize have been slapped with overall fines worth R1.65 million for the incidents around handing out the cash on the pitch.

Mpisane and Mkhize were seen handing out bulks of cash to their players after a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United earlier in the season, in video footage that went viral.

PSL prosecutor Nande Becker had told iDiski Times that charges were subsequently sent out and TimesLIVE are now reporting that Royal AM and their officials were fined R1.65 million, although R1.325 of that were suspended as part of a plea agreement between the Premier Soccer League disciplinary committee (DC).

The club and it’s officials pleaded guilty to several offences, which resulted in fines worth R325 000, on the condition the same issues will not be repeated within a certain period.

Below are all the charges, as reported by TimesLIVE:

Charges for Royal AM:

  • pleaded guilty to attempting to pay football players in cash in front of the media, thereby bringing the league into disrepute – R500 000, with R250 000 suspended;
  • pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate security at the match (relating to having 10 more in their attendance party than the 60 allowed as per the PSL’s Covid-19 regulations) – R100 000, with R75 000 suspended;
  • pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that their Covid-19 officer complied with his duties – R10 000;
  • pleaded guilty to not having their players follow the walk-on procedures, in that they left the changerooms four minutes late (even though the match kicked off on time) – R10 000;
  • pleaded guilty to only having 10 match balls as opposed to 11 – R5 000.

Charges for Sthembiso Hlongwane (Royal AM Covid-19 officer):

  • admitted to not making sure all club officials and attendees wore face masks at all times – R10 000 (*Hlongwane had a suspended sentence from previous club Real Kings last year for a similar offence, and also has to pay that further R180 000 previously suspended fine).

Charges for MaMkhize:

  • admitted she contravened rule 55.3.8 in that she was seen to be attempting to give rewards to players after the match – R500 000, all suspended;
  • not wearing a mask in a public space at all times – R7 500.

Charges for Mpisane:

  • pleaded guilty to attempting to reward players after the match – R500 000, all suspended;
  • Not wearing a mask – R7 500.
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