Following several inquiries from supporters, questioning whether Ajax Cape Town would appeal Grant Margeman’s impending suspension, as a club we decided to explain why doing so would prove futile.
Having been booked in the first-half of the Urban Warriors Absa Premiership match against Free State Stars on the 17th of March, Margeman received his marching orders in the second for what the match official perceived as ‘time-wasting’.
Clutching his thigh, due to a hamstring injury, Margeman was busy making his way off the field with Aubrey Funga ready to replace the 18-year-old midfielder.
The referee, though, deemed that the Amajita star had in-fact taken his time in enforcing the change – and with Margeman already off the pitch – the match official brandished the second yellow to the surprise of all those in attendance.
As things stand, in South Africa, the only time a booking can be over-turned is for a case of mistaken identity. As a result, Ajax Cape Town decided against pursuing the case with Margeman now set to miss two matches.
Taking the matter further would also be pointless as the matter would only drag on for months on end.
In the end of the day it comes down to the interpretation of the law by the said match official, with no set time frame given to players to disembark the field of play – injured, or not.
The point of this article is to educate the fans and provide an answer to all those who contacted the club, asking whether we would attempt to reverse the decision.
We would also like to create a discussion among fans – with the game constantly evolving, is there more we can do to improve decision making? Or do you think the referee was correct in his decision-making process regarding the above mentioned incident?
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