Ajax's Khenyeza banned for 12 months

Ajax Cape Town striker Mabhuti Khenyeza has been banned from football for 12 months by the PSL DC for spitting at the assistant referee

Ajax Cape Town striker Mabhuti Khenyeza has been handed a 12-month ban from football after the PSL DC found him guilty of spitting at the assistant referee Zakhele Siwela during the PSL game between Ajax and Mamelodi Sundowns on April 2.

Khenyeza was supposed to know his fate on Tuesday, but the verdict was postponed for Wednesday afternoon.

The PSL released an official statement confirming that Khenyeza will not be allowed in any football activities for the next 12 months, and that he will pay all the costs of the two sittings.

"Khenyeza is suspended from all football activities under the auspices of the League for a period of 12 months (in terms od Rule 50.14.5 of the Rule of the League)," said PSL.

"Khenyeza is ordered to pay costs of the two sittings of 17th and 23rd May 2013, such costs to include the travel costs of the League's witness only for 23rd May 2013," read the PSL statement.

PSL prosecutor Nande Becker said that they welcome the sentence and says professional players should learn from Khenyeza's sentence.

"We welcome the sentence which is commensurate with the seriousness of the offence with which the player is charged with," said Becker.

"I hope that the finding and sentence will send a strong message to all football players. Football players should be role models to their supporters, especially when matches are televised internationally," added Becker.