Mamelodi Sundowns president Dr Patrice Motsepe has apologized for the inclusion of suspended defender Tebogo Langerman in the teamsheet for their Nedbank Cup final against Bloemfontein Celtic and promised to take action against those involved in the “grossly negligent and reckless behaviour”.
The Brazilians unexplainably included Langerman in their teamsheet and he was nearly brought on as a substitute until Celtic.
The club has since pleaded guilty at the SAFA arbitration after Celtic lodged a formal protest. However, Celtic lost the case on technicality after submitting their protest late.
In a statement released today, Dr Motsepe said the matter will be investigated and appropriate action, including dismissal, will be taken again st those found guilty.
“I would like to apologise to all the supporters and members of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family, as well as the organisations that are involved in football and all the people who love and follow football in South Africa and on the rest of the African Continent; for Tebogo Langerman being listed as a substitute during the recent Nedbank Cup final, contrary to the rules of the PSL and SAFA.
“In my capacity as President of Mamelodi Sundowns I am responsible and accountable for everything that happens at Mamelodi Sundowns; whether I knew or did not know or was not aware or involved in the matter.
“Our preliminary investigation indicates that the Management and Technical Team were grossly negligent and this behaviour and conduct is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“A formal disciplinary hearing will be held as soon as possible and the appropriate action, including dismissal where the circumstances legally justify, will be implemented.
“We are a caring, loving and forgiving organisation but we also have a duty to protect the reputation, integrity and good name of Mamelodi Sundowns.
“We have to make sure that this kind of grossly negligent and reckless behaviour does not happen again.”
Written by: Diski Voice