PJ Stars at the mercy of Safa

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

PJ Stars are at the mercy of the South African Football Association (Safa) for the date to hear their appeal against the sentence imposed on them by the Premier Soccer League.

The National First Division side lodged the appeal after the leaugue's disciplinary committe on February 5 found them guilty of fielding four defaulters in 10 of their previous matches.

They were docked 15 points and fined R50000, of which R30 000 was payable within 30 days and the rest was suspended for 12 months.

Stars were also ordered to pay the costs of the four sessions of the early hearings and this could cost them well over R40 000.

Elijah Mahlangu, the side's boss, confirmed yesterday that Safa was yet to give them the date for their appeal.

Attempts to contact Safa's chief executive Raymond Hack drew a blank at the time of going to press yesterday.

Meanwhile, Stars' woes worsened last week when the disciplinary committee deducted a further point from them for fielding suspended player Michael Hlatshwayo.

The transgression took place in their 1-all drawn Mvela Golden League match against Dynamos in Giyani on January 14.

The point was expunged because Dynamos did not lodge a protest.

They were also fined R50 000, with R40000 suspended for a season.

"It was due to our administrative error that Michael played in that match and that is why we pleaded guilty to the charge," Mahlangu said.