Official: PSL Give Update On Chiefs Matter

David Kappel
January 5, 2022

The Premier Soccer League have given an update on Kaizer Chiefs’ December fixtures against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows.

After weeks of going silent on Amakhosi’s Covid-19 outbreak at Naturena that saw an overall amount of 52 staff members test positive, the PSL released a statement on 20 December, confirming they declined Chiefs request to postpone their December fixtures.

“Having exhaustively considered all aspects of the matter, and the information provided, the Executive Committee today resolved that Kaizer Chiefs has not established a basis to reverse the decision of the Football Department,” the PSL said on 20 December.

“The decision of the Football Department stands and the request to postpone Kaizer Chief’s matches for the month of December 2021 has been declined.”

On Wednesday, PSL chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza has stated the matter has been handed over to the legal department and he cannot give any further update at this point in time.

“Yes it took too long because of the complexity of the matter,” Khoza stated.

“The PSL fixtures affect a lot of people and a lot of stakeholders. The PSL is a members organisation with their rules and the spirit is that the teams must play.

“We need to make sure we accommodate the members and not just deal with the rules punitive.

“The manual dictates that the football department is the one that deals with the fixtures.

“We met for a first time on 3rd December as Executive after we received the letter from Kaizer Chiefs about their Covid-19 outbreak.

“Having considered all the facts that were brought to us, as Executive Committee we have declined the request and the matter is currently with the legal divisions. It’s not easy for me to talk about the details because the process is still ongoing.

“We did the same when we dealt with the Royal AM-Sekhukhune issue, and well do the same now.

“For now I can just say that the matter is still part of the process. Let’s allow the process to unfold to its final conclusion. I don’t want to say anything now that will distort the process.”

The Glamour Boys confirmed they were left “dumbfounded” by the league’s decision and announced they would appeal the initial ruling.

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