Nov 29, 2021

Pirates Star Released After Being Charged With Assault

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Provincial police spokesperson said the 30-year-old midfielder handed himself over to Randfontein police

FILE PHOTO: Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal during the DStv Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Swallows FC on the 10 January 2020 at Orlando Stadium, Soweto. PICTURE: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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JOHANNESBURG: The club suspended the midfielder who was charged by police on Monday morning.

According to Sowetan, the Gauteng police have confirmed that suspended Orlando Pirates player Ben Motshwari was arrested on Monday morning after handing himself over to the police for common assault. 

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said the 30-year-old midfielder handed himself over to Randfontein police.

“He was arrested but released this afternoon. The court decided not to enrol the matter, however, the investigation is ongoing,” said Mr Masondo.

After releasing the statement earlier today, Pirates will go up against Mamelodi Sundowns without Motshwari in the DStv Premiership encounter. The club suspended the midfielder who was charged by police on Monday morning.

Motshwari featured in the last minutes against Pirates win against Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha on Saturday.

In a statement issued by the Soweto-giants, the club said, “Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm that it has suspended midfielder Ben Mothswari [sic] after being charged by police this morning. Mr Motshwari will remain suspended, pending an investigation,” Pirates said in a short statement, without elaborating further.

“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is, therefore, unable to make further say until that process is complete.”

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