Orlando Pirates have announced that Thembinkosi Lorch has rejoined the squad after he pleaded guilty to all club charges against him and had his suspension lifted.
The winger was left out of the squad as they entered the bio-secure environment (BSE) created by the PSL.
The news broke on the day of Pirates’ first game back against Mamelodi Sundowns, as the club announced that both Lorch and Justin Shonga had been suspended for breaching protocols.
Pirates did not specify if the breach was Covid-19 related or not.
The Soweto giants, in a statement on their website, revealed that the Bafana Bafana international has linked up with the squad ahead of their next game after pleading guilty to all charges.
— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) August 18, 2020
Pirates statement in full:
‘Thembinkosi Lorch has been cleared to return to the squad following the finalisation of the disciplinary proceedings against him and the lifting of his suspension by the club.
‘Lorch has pleaded guilty to all charges that were brought against him by the club. Lorch further apologised for his misdemeanor and has accepted the sanction imposed on him by the club.
‘The 25-year-old has joined the squad in the BSE bubble after undergoing his two Covid-19 tests as per the protocols.
‘Meanwhile, the club can confirm that Justin Shonga remains suspended as he awaits the finalisation of the disciplinary proceedings against him.’
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