Richards Bay FC will start their National First Division (NFD) campaign against Ubuntu Cape Town FC behind closed doors after they were found guilty of failing to provide adequate security and also failing to prevent their official from abusing assistant referee back in April 2018.

Richards Bay will host Ubuntu on Sunday afternoon at uMhlathuze Sports Complex in Richards Bay.

Full statement from the Premier Soccer League (PSL):

In compliance with the ruling of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Disciplinary Committee, Richards Bay FC will play their National First Division home game this weekend against Ubuntu Cape Town behind closed doors.

Richard’s Bay FC was found guilty on 17 May 2018 of failing to prevent their assistant coach Mr. Sello Ntulu from manhandling and abusing assistant referee Mr. Tshepo Nojila after their match against Super Eagles on 14 April 2018.

They were also found guilty of failing to provide adequate security at the match.
Richards Bay was sentenced to a fine of R 200 000.00 of which R 125 000.00 was suspended for 24 months.

In addition, a prior suspended sentence against the club of playing a match behind closed doors was brought into effect.

As a consequence of this ruling, no spectators will be allowed at this match. Only playing personnel, ball boys, media, security personnel with specific tasks related to the match and medical personnel will be allowed.

Written by: Diski Voice