Official: PSL Make Statement On Chiefs Saga
The Premier Soccer League has finally released on official statement on the drama surrounding Kaizer Chiefs’ two missed games after a Covid-19 outbreak at Naturena.
Chiefs had missed their two games against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows after a number of members of their personnel had tested positive for Covid-19.
However, in the absence of any official correspondence from the league, City and Arrows – as well as the match officials – did pitch up for the games, while the league’s rules state that Covid-19 cannot be used for teams to miss games.
The league has now responded to the issue, confirming they had declined Chiefs’ request for postponements.
“On the 2nd of December 2021, Kaizer Chiefs Football Club wrote to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) requesting “the postponement of all our matches for the month of December 2021,” the statement read.
“The PSL Football Department declined the application.
“Kaizer Chiefs referred the Football Department’s decision to the NSL Executive Committee for reconsideration and asked that the Executive Committee accede to the club’s request for the postponement of the club’s ‘remaining fixtures for the month of December.’
“The Executive Committee afforded Kaizer Chiefs a full opportunity to provide information in support of their request. Among other things Kaizer Chiefs were asked to demonstrate, why: despite NSL Circulars no 12 of 2020; 24 of 2020; and 11 of 2021; exceptional circumstances existed to postpone all Kaizer Chiefs matches for the month of December in this instance.
“During its deliberations on the matter the Executive Committee has taken the advice of Senior Counsel; has obtained input from the League Chief Medical Officer; and has considered representations from those potentially affected by the Football Department’s decision including Kaizer Chiefs.
“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 decision of the Football Department stands and the request to postpone Kaizer Chief’s matches for the month of December 2021 has been declined.”
“The PSL will host a press conference on the 5th of January 2022. The League will not be available to comment further until then.”