Thembinkosi Lorch removed from club activities


Thembinkosi Lorch suspended from Orlando Pirates activities

Thembinkosi Lorch has been suspended from club activities by the Orlando Pirates management.

The football star got suspended after he was handed a suspended jail sentence and fined R100 000 on Tuesday for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Fundiswa Nokuphiwa Mathithibala.

She opened a case of assault against the soccer star in September 2020.

The club said it’s commencing with internal processes in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon.

“Orlando Pirates Football Club is at all times mindful of its obligation as a result of the employer-employee relationship it has with the players,” reads a statement which was issued on Wednesday.

“The club also handles the administration of justice in a manner that avoids double jeopardy, where the players would be punished twice for the same offense.”

“The above are consistent with the club values without which the club would not function judiciously.”

“Having said that, the club has removed Thembinkosi Lorch from all club activities until December 12.”

In June, the football star was found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for strangling and hitting his girlfriend three years ago.

The midfielder was handed a three-year direct imprisonment which was suspended for five years with conditions.

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