Tuesday Dec 05, 2017. 17:00
The Botswana Premier League (BPL) Disciplinary Committee has released its ruling on the BPL matter against Township Rollers head coach Nikola Kavazovic in which the Serbian tactician was charged with contravention of Article 25.6 of the Botswana Football Association Play Rules and Regulations.
The BPL released the following statement:
"The ruling follows a hearing which was conducted before the BPL DC wherein a single charge was laid against Mr Kavazovic. Following a Premier League game played between Township Rollers and Sharps Shooting Stars at the University of Botswana Stadium on 22nd October 2017, Mr Kavazovic was alleged to have uttered certain words when giving his post-match interview.
"He was thus as a result of the utterance of such words charged with misbehaviour of bringing the game of football into disrepute contrary to Article 25.6 of the BFA Play Rules and Regulations. Mr Kavazovic was alleged to have referred to an opponent in an official BFA game as a small team whose name he doesn’t know and does not care about.
"He pleaded not guilty to the charge. The DC proceeded to hear submissions from the Botswana Premier League Prosecutor and Mr Kavazovic. The DC upon consideration of the evidence and submissions presented before them, reached a conclusion that the words uttered had an element of mocking, degrading, shaming and mortifying the opponent and that the words construed in the context they were uttered were meant to belittle and degrade the opponent.
"Mr Kavazovic was thus found guilty of Misbehaviour of bringing the game of football into disrepute. The DC imposed the following sentences in terms of Article 13 of the BFA Play Rules and Regulations; 1. A fine of BWP 10 000.00 2. Mr Kavazovic is hereby warned of his conduct 3. The coach can appeal this ruling within 10 days. Thank You," a statement read.