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Spitting at someone is definitely offside

Law 12 of the Fifa Laws of the Game reads as follows:

Sending-off offences

“A player, substitute or substituted player is sent off if he commits any of the follow seven offences:

  • serious foul play
  • violent conduct
  • spitting at an opponent or any other person
  • denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
  • denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
  • using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
  • receiving a second caution in the same match.”

No 3 on the list above is probably one of the most insulting gestures any human can inflict on another. The reasons are many and I’m not going to go into to them here. I don’t want to prejudice any DC meeting that may arise out of this particular case.

The alleged incident that I’m referring to occurred in a recent Absa Premiership game at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban, South Africa, between home team Amazulu and defending champions Wits University.

Amazulu, who are affectionately known as Usuthu, ended the game with 10 men after one of their players, Andrew Morton, was red-carded for shoving the Students’ Gabadinho Mhango to the ground with 15 minutes to go.

Morton alleged that he was spat at by Mhango and said this was his reason for the action that he took. Unfortunately, the referee didn’t see the incident.

Video evidence would certainly suggest that Morton has a case and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) will no doubt be dealing with it in the coming days.

All that said, spitting is a most degrading, insulting, despicable, and vile action in any scenario, be it on the field of play or in the street, and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Farewell and thank you

As this will be my last blog for SuperSport, I would just like to send out a big thank you, and farewell. Til’ next time….

I’ve been writing regularly since June 2012 and I have to say it’s been a most enjoyable experience.

I want to thank SuperSport for the opportunity to have my blogs published. There are many people within that organisation whom I have come to know and be friends with during that period and to whom I owe a debt of gratitude.

Most especially I want to thank you the readers, the “likers”, and the ones who took the trouble to make comments on my blogs.

Some I agreed with and some I did not but that’s your prerogative and I thank you most sincerely.

I managed to build up quite a following from China to Australia, Africa, Europe, the US, and Canada.

I hope to make contact with you all again in the near future.

Until then, many many thanks and goodbye.

Happy whistling
Dr Errol Sweeney
Twitter – dr_errol

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