Football chews Rollers but struggles to swallow

Subject of an investigation: Rollers
Subject of an investigation: Rollers

It was supposed to be a case akin to Hitler’s famous blitzkrieg tactic; swift and devastating. The emphasis was on speed. But the Onkarabile Ratanang case has not played along as initially thought.

The blitzkrieg is turning into a painstakingly slow process that entered its fourth month with no solution in sight. It started as a straightforward disciplinary issue with Rollers waiting for the lash on the back. But that lash has taken forever to be delivered and now the Ratanang case is morphing into a gigantic, complicated football conundrum.

It is ages since the Players Status Committee (PSC) returned a verdict of guilty five weeks ago, but the sanction has simply not come. What followed have been dramatic twists and turns, which threaten to plunge football further into an abyss. The chewing of the case was initially thought to be swift and seamless, but the swallowing is presenting unending challenges. Rollers appeared to be down for the count after the PSC verdict, but the club has been fighting back behind the scenes. Along the way, some spectacular own-goals have been scored, including the suspension of Rollers chief executive officer, Bennett Mamelodi and the quick reversal of the decision this week.

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