Centre Chiefs and Santos face sanction for breaching the pre-match regulation
While Uniao Flamingo Santos and Mochudi Centre Chiefs game this past Sunday produced four goals both teams will have to face the wrath of the law. The two teams failed to convene a pre-match meeting which among many things could have solved the kit clashes saga.
Failure by the two clubs to hold such a meeting meant that the game started late as the referee would not start a game with kits of bearing same colours.
The league might also loose Television rights money from such incidents.
Article 19.1 of the BFA’s Play rules and regulations states that each club shall register with the committee of its respective league its home colours. Clubs shall also be liable to use their registered home colours for home games. If a home club uses a colour other than the registered home colours and results in a clash of colours, that club will be the offending club and shall face the consequences stipulated accordingly.
Article 19.5 stipulates that, “Any visiting club which does not bring alternative colours to change to in the event of a clash in colours and thereby causes a delay of the start of the game, shall be guilty of late coming and punishable in terms of regulations.”
On Sunday, Santos and Chiefs both failed to attend pre-match meeting as expected, despite the League Compliance Manual clearly stating that a meeting shall be held at least three hours before the game. The meeting can be presided over by a Botswana Football Association official and or the most senior person in the home team section.
Contacted over this demeanour, Santos mouthpiece, Onkemetse noted that it was unfortunate that they didn’t convene the pre-match meeting on time.
“We had a breakdown along the way so we couldn’t convene such a meeting but I have to state that we have always had such meetings in the past.”
Santos as the home team brought their blue and white stripes kit and so was Chiefs with their white and black kit.
Furthermore, article 19.3 of the regulations state that, when in the opinion of the referee, if the duly registered colours of the two teams lead to confusion, the visiting team shall change to an alternative colour which must be available at the field of play for quick change. In the event of the unavailability of the alternative colour the offending team shall be liable to a fine of not more than P2, 000.00 and forfeit the points of the game to the non-offending club.
“We thought there won’t be a problem because we played them before with the same kit at night. Now, during the day, this happened. We were caught off-guard,” said Centre Chiefs’ Chief Executive Officer, Oupa Kowa.
He revealed that on picking the problem, “We had a meeting and we talked to the referee. We can’t challenge his opinion. The unthinkable happened, we didn’t anticipate that. Lessons learnt are that we must at all games carry two kits. We were embarrassed that it was also on television and on colours not ours. We were caught with our pants down, it surely won’t happen again.’’
League General Manager Phuthego Setete confirmed that the issue has been forwarded to the Leagues Prosecutor.