Mhango appeared to get upset about a tackle on him during Wednesday’s 3-0 win for Usuthu over the Clever Boys, and he reacted by appearing to spit into Morton’s face.
As a result, the experienced midfielder shoved him to the floor which immediately earned him a red card for retaliation by the match official in charge of the contest. Meanwhile, Mhango escaped censure and finished the game.
Nonetheless, despite leaving his side with 10 men for the latter part of the second half, Morton believes he had justification to do what he did given that spitting at an opponent is generally seen as a disrespectful and repulsive act.
Taking to his Twitter account on Thursday, the 28-year-old tweeted, “No excuse for the reaction, but when a fellow professional spits in your face it’s difficult to control your emotions.”
The player will sit out AmaZulu’s next two matches with suspension while it is unknown at this stage whether Mhango could face retrospective action from PSL authorities.