The Premier Soccer League (PSL) Disciplinary Committee have been busy this week, handing out fines for clubs who have been in breach of organisations code of conduct. Unfortunately for Swallows, they did not escape unscathed&..
The Beautiful Birds and Dynamos have been hit in the pocket after admitting incidents of violence during a match between the two. The clubs will have to pay R30 000, half of which is suspended for 12 months.
But the most severely hit are First Division promotion hopefuls Bloemfontein Celtic, who were fined a whopping R100 000 (R70 000 suspended over 12 months) for bad behaviour from their supporters.
That is the maximum penalty the PSL are able to hand out, punishing the side for incidents during matches involving Pietersburg Pillars, Welkom Stars and Young Masters.
"We view bad crowd behaviour as a very serious offence, and will be doing our best to stamp it out," the PSL's Mxolisi Zwane told the organisations official website.
"Of the fine, R70 000 may be suspended, but we want it to serve as a deterrent to clubs, as well as encourage them to ensure that their fans are well-behaved during matches.
"If Celtic are found guilty of similar offences in the next 12 months, the R70 000 will come into effect, and the club will have to play two home matches behind closed doors."
First Division side AmaZulu have also pleaded guilty to crowd violence in their match against Premier United. The Usuthu were fined R30 000, of which R20 000 is suspended for 12 months.
Ledwaba Power Stars were charged with failing to secure a ground for their encounter with Classic. They were fined R10 000, suspended for 12 months.
Pietersburg Pillars were fined R30 000 of which R20 000 is suspended for 12 months, and after crowd violence in their match against Bloemfontein Young Tigers.
Peoples Bank Spurs were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, also against Bloemfontein Young Tigers. They were fined R5000, which was suspended for 12 months.