The Premier Soccer League has confirmed an eight-match ban has been handed down to two players after they were found guilty of assault during an Absa Premiership match.
Bidvest Wits duo Ricardo Goss and Sameehg Doutie will be out of action for at least a month after the PSL Diciplinary Committee handed down their sanction on Wednesday for an incident that took place in January.
Goss and Doutie had been charged with assualt following an altercation with match referee Masixole Bambiso during their 2-0 defeat to Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium on 18 January this year.
Both players escaped serious consequences during the encounter, with the Wits shotstopper picking up a yellow card for his protests after conceding a penalty, but the DC have since handed down a retrospective sanction of an eight-match ban of which four is suspended.
"The PSL Disciplinary Committee last night found Bidvest Wits players Ricardo Goss and Sameehg Doutie guilty of abusing match official Mr Masixole Bambiso during the Absa Premiership fixture between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City on 18 January 2020," read a statement from the League.
"Bidvest Wits was sanctioned with a fine of R 150 000.00 for bringing the League into disrepute and the players [Goss and Doutie] were each banned for eight matches of which four matches were conditionally suspended."
A similar incident involving City midfelder Mpho Makola last year saw a much harsher sanction of a six-month ban, but this was overturned on appeal to SAFA, who ordered a four-match ban of the player.
The ban will take effect immediately, meaning Gavin Hunt will have to do without his two players for their clashes against Chippa United, Black Leopards, Real Kings and Kaizer Chiefs.