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Cape Town City midfielder Makola gets six-month ban for assaulting referee

15:24 EAT 15/11/2019
Mpho Makola, Cape Town City, September 2019
The 33-year-old's football career has been hit hard by the league's DC after being found guilty for shoving referee Abongile Tom

Cape Town City midfielder Mpho Makola has been banned for six months by the Premier Soccer League. 

This comes after Makola was found guilty of assaulting referee Abongile Tom in a Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final match against Kaizer Chiefs on October 19.  

Makola was charged two weeks ago by the league, and there was always a possibility of facing a harsh sentence for shoving the match official in a competitive match. 

The former Orlando Pirates star will now not take part in any of City's competitive matches for the next six months. 

It is unclear at this stage if the Citizens will appeal the decision by the PSL Disciplinary Committee (DC) to have Makola back onto the pitch before the end of that period. 

The player apologised for his actions a few hours after the incident in October but his apology had little effect.

According to the league's rule book, a six-month ban is a minimum sentence for assaulting a match referee. 

Makola is in his first season with the Mother City-based club after joining them at the start of the campaign following his release from the Buccaneers.