Bradley Grobler suspended, fined for suggesting referees pick on him because he’s WHITE
The PSL’s Disciplinary Committee has handed SuperSport United striker Bradley Grobler a hefty fine and suspension.
The PSL’s Disciplinary Committee (DC) has handed SuperSport United striker Bradley Grobler a hefty fine and suspension.
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This came after Grobler made comments to match officials during the half-time break of SuperSport United’s MTN8 quarter-final defeat to Golden Arrows on August 14.
The 33-year-old, who was last season’s top scorer in the DStv Premiership with 16 goals, reportedly told referee Abongile Tom that he was being “targeted by SA referees because of the colour of his skin”.
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Bradley Grobler was quick to apologise for his actions and the DC took this into consideration when handing him a reduced fine and suspension.
After a plea agreement was entered into, the PSL DC handed Grobler a five-match ban, three of which were suspended for two years.
SuperSport received a fine of R200 000 of which half was suspended.
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Grobler did not play in two of SuperSport United’s matches last month: A 2-0 home win against Baroka FC (October 16) and 2-1 away defeat against Kaizer Chiefs (October 24).
SuperSport CEO Stanley Matthews told TimesLIVE: “He got upset in the game and when they were walking off he had a chirp at the ref. He regretted it immediately and he apologised on the spot.
“He actually went into the referees’ change room at half-time to say, ‘I’m really sorry, I didn’t mean that’.
“But I am happy to say that he was wrong, and he was dealt with, he was punished and he served his sentence. As a club we’re obviously disappointed that we had to miss him for two games and pay a monetary fine for a misdemeanour by a senior player.
“Because we expect better from all our senior players and want them to set an example for all the young players. We’ve got a young, impressionable team and Bradley’s one of those players who is a role model and has the PSL Golden Boot, and someone we expect to lead the players in a positive way.
“So as a club we know that he knows we were disappointed, and we know that he lost his composure. But it sometimes can happen in sport – we’ve had to take it [the sanction] on the chin, he’s had to take it on the chin.
“He has had a fantastic career and never been involved in any form of nastiness on or off the pitch.
“He had just come back from an injury, and was obviously carrying a bit of frustration and wasn’t getting the rub of the green in the game, and didn’t handle it well.
“And it’s an incident that we’ve now put behind us and Bradley knows that there’s no room for that type of thing at the club.”
Bradley Grobler has struggled for form this season and has yet to find the back of the net. He boasts just one assist in six appearances in all competitions.