Downs object to Orlando for Cup
MAMELODI Sundowns have sent a strong letter of protest to the Premier Soccer League about the scheduling of the Nedbank Cup final in Soweto.
Sundowns say they did not agree to Orlando Stadium being named as the venue for the deciding match on May 26 despite the league claiming the assent of all four semifinalists.
Sundowns dispatched a lawyer's letter to the league seeking to have the decision, which was announced on Wednesday, rescinded.
They have told the league that should they reach the final, they would seek to play Tshwane rivals SuperSport United at Atteridgeville or AmaZulu at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
Sundowns must first get past Free State Stars on Saturday night in their semifinal tie.
Should they win, it will likely set up a spicy spat with officials next week, although it is not clear exactly what Sundowns' objection is to playing at the Orlando Stadium - a venue that is neutral for all possible finalists.
PSL chief executive officer Stan Matthews said earlier this week: "As the league, we are excited about this game going to Orlando Stadium.
"The last time we had a final there back in 2009-2010 season, the support from the fans was phenomenal and overwhelming."