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Chiefs v City: What The Rules Say…

With Kaizer Chiefs not showing up for their home match against Cape Town City, after declaring they would be unable to honour the match due to a Covid-19 outbreak, this is what the NSL Handbook says about the situation.

Chiefs had requested for the game to be postponed, however this request was seemingly denied by the PSL, as it had already been established that a club could not use positive Covid tests as a reason.

According to the handbook, the matter will now be handed over to the PSL Disciplinary Committee, with the most likely result being that City will be awarded three points, and a walk-over victory, see point 15.3.

City confirmed they went through all formal procedures and even met the match officials inside their team bus to check the players cards, etc.

However the DC could decide on a different sanction, or further action.

City had applied the rules accordingly, and had turned up at FNB Stadium, following all protocols.

Excerpt from NSL Handbook sourced from PSL.co.za:

15. ARRIVAL AT THE GROUND

15.1. Member Club teams must be present in the dressing rooms at the match venue at least 70 (seventy) minutes before the scheduled kick-off time and take the field at the time stipulated by the match commissioner.

15.2. Where a match is not played because of the late or non-arrival of a Member Club team, or of both teams, the offending Member Club or Member Clubs will be charged with misconduct. In this regard impossibility of performance as a result of a vehicle breakdown, logistical problem, or that the Member Club team was unable to locate the match venue, will not be a defence to this charge.

15.3. Where a Member Club is found guilty in terms of Rule 15.2 its opponent in that match will receive a “walk-over” (a 3-0 (three-nil) win), unless the Disciplinary Committee considers that a different sanction may be more appropriate.

15.4. Where both Member Clubs are found guilty in terms of Rule 15.2 both Member Clubs will be allocated 0 (zero) points and 3 (three) goals will be awarded against them unless the Disciplinary Committee considers that a different sanction may be more appropriate.

15.5. In the event of force majeure the Disciplinary Committee may decide that the match be replayed.

15.6. The registration cards of the Players and Member Club Officials of each team will be inspected by the referee and a representative of the other team in the dressing room 60 (sixty) minutes before the scheduled start of the match unless the match commissioner and the 2 (two) teams agree to a different time.

15.7. A Member Club which does not produce the identity registration card for a Player or fields a Player without an identity registration card or an invalid identity registration card will be charged with misconduct.

15.8. The home team will give the visiting team access to the dressing rooms 4 (four) hours prior to kick-off.

15.9. The home team will give the visiting team access to the pitch two 2 (hours) hours prior to kick-off.

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