Ajax relegated after paying steep price for Ndoro eligibility debacle

Tashreeq Morris of Ajax Cape Town is dejected after the Absa Premiership match between Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on May 12, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. This fixture is a must-win for Ajax Cape Town to avoid the promotion/relegation playoffs - Kaizer Chiefs won the match 2-1.
Tashreeq Morris of Ajax Cape Town is dejected after the Absa Premiership match between Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on May 12, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. This fixture is a must-win for Ajax Cape Town to avoid the promotion/relegation playoffs - Kaizer Chiefs won the match 2-1.
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Ajax Cape Town have been relegated from the Premier Soccer League topflight after they were found guilty of fielding Tendai Ndoro.

Ndoro's eligibility has been under question for months and South African Football Association legal officer Tebogo Motlanthe said arbitrator William Mokhari ruled that Ajax would be docked nine points from three league matches in which the player was fielded by the Cape Town club.

By fielding Ndoro‚ Ajax Cape Town contravened Rule 54.1 of the National Soccer League rules read with Article 22.9 of the constitution of the National Soccer League‚ article paragraph 5 of the South African Football Association regulations on the status and transfer of players as well as article 5‚ paragraph 3 of the FIFA regulations on the status and transfer which state: “Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this season‚ the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs.”

Those matches were against Platinum Stars (January 12)‚ Polokwane City (February 4) and SuperSport United (February 28).

The games have been awarded to the three teams with 3-0 results and fined R50 000 for each game.

There were four other matches in which a protest was lodged in regards with Ndoro and Ajax were fined R50 000 for each game.

Ndoro has been suspended for two matches but the docked points means Ajax‚ who finished the 2017/18 PSL season in 15th place with 31 points from 30 matches‚ have dropped down to the 16th spot‚ which is the automatic relegation position.

Platinum Stars‚ who were initially relegated‚ move up to 15th and will contest the PSL/National First Division promotion relegation play-offs against Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos.

Ajax have 72 hours to appeal the ruling with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

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