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Chaos In Promotion Race After PSL Statement

The Premier Soccer League have questioned the DC ruling in favour of Sekhukhune United in the GladAfrica Championship, leaving the promotion race in limbo once again.

Earlier in the week, Sekhukhune United had won their appeal case against the PSL and were awarded three points which saw them climb to the top of the GladAfrica Championship log.

The Gauteng-based club was challenging the PSL disciplinary committee’s ruling to deduct points from Polokwane City for not having the required number of five U23 players in their team sheet when both side’s met in January, but not awarding the points to them.

Sekhukhune were arguing that because they had protested before this game, which they lost 1-0 on 2 January 2021, the points should not just be expunged by the league but also awarded to them. 

Sekhukhune moved to 50 points on the GladAfrica Championship log, level on points with Royal AM but ahead of them based on their better goal difference.

However, the PSL have now questioned the DC ruling and released a statement after “an urgent special meeting”, saying they will contest the awarding of the three points to Sekhukhune.

The final GladAfrica Championship matches this coming weekend, though, will go ahead as scheduled.

Here is the PSL statement in full:

“On 19 May 2021, a ruling was handed down in the arbitration between Sekhukhune United Football Club and Polokwane City Football Club. The arbitration ruling has created uncertainty in relation to the discretion afforded to the PSL Disciplinary Committee to determine an appropriate sanction for acts of misconduct in each case.

“It has always been the position that the PSL Disciplinary Committee is required to consider the range of sanctions available for acts of misconduct and then exercise a discretion as to what the appropriate sanction should be in each case.

“An urgent special meeting of the Executive Committee of the PSL was convened to consider the matter. It is the view of the League that it is not correct, as the arbitration ruling holds, that the PSL Disciplinary Code is silent and that the Disciplinary Committee had to impose a mandatory sanction under the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Code may only be reverted to when the PSL Handbook is silent on an issue. In this particular case, the PSL Handbook is not silent and provides the Disciplinary Committee with the discretion to consider a range of sanctions. 

“The PSL is aware of the confusion that has been created as a result of the arbitration award. The PSL is in the process of considering several options and has been in communication with all Member Clubs in this regard.

“We confirm that the final matches taking place this weekend will proceed as planned.”