Evans, Sono to appear before DC
BidVest Wits' Phil Evans and Jomo Cosmos' Bamuza Sono will face a Premier Soccer League's (PSL) Disciplinary Committee (DC) on Wednesday, after both being sent off in last Friday night's Telkom Knockout Last 16 game at BidVest Stadium.
Although Cosmos eventually won the match 2-1, courtesy of an impressive brace by Anthony Laffor, the match was overshadowed by Evans and Sono's dismissals in the second half.
Evans told news agency SAPA that he and Sono were chirping each other during the match and added that it was nothing out of the ordinary as they wanted to get the edge over one another.
"We were close to each other [on the field] after the goal was scored and he had a go at me," explained Evans. "As he got closer he nudged his head against my chin, it was not a head-butt as such, but I retaliated [and head-butted him]."
The pushing was spotted by referee Thabo Nkosi, who, after consulting the fourth official, duly sent both players for an early shower.
Things did not end with the players' dismissals, with Evans adding: "I'm not the type of player to get physical with others and the red card was justified as my reaction was foolish, but he started it and the nudge provoked me.
"I apologised to him, but he obviously did not accept it, as we walked in the tunnel he hit me with his head and the next thing I knew players from Cosmos and Wits were in the tunnel. I did not retaliate this time and just went to the change room with our team doctor for treatment to the cut."
Evans concluded: "I let my coach and my team down and now I have to sit out for three games. I do regret what I've done, but coach Roger de Sa and my team-mates have been understanding about what happened, but still, I regret it."
Sono, the son of Cosmos' legendary owner and coach Jomo Sono, did not want to say much about the incident.
"I don't want to speak about it," Sono Junior said. "But he started it."