'It’s not necessary to go ahead with the arbitration‚' says PSL chairman Irvin Khoza

Irvin Khoza (chairman) of the PSL during the Premier Soccer League press conference at PSL Headquarters on April 09, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Irvin Khoza (chairman) of the PSL during the Premier Soccer League press conference at PSL Headquarters on April 09, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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The arbitration appeal taken to the South African Football Association (Safa) by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) regarding Mamelodi Sundowns fielding ineligible player Wayne Arendse has been dropped‚ PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has said.

Sundowns were found guilty by the PSL’s disciplinary committee (DC) over fielding Arendse in a 1-1 Absa Premiership draw against Bidvest Wits in October when the defender had not been named in the match squad of 18‚ contrary to league rules.

The club and Arendse were fined R250‚000 each‚ half of which was suspended‚ but had no points deducted.

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The PSL were taking their DC’s decision to arbitration‚ asking that a 3-0 victory be awarded to Wits‚ which would have seen two points awarded to the Clever Boys and one deducted from Sundowns.

There was a scramble to have the arbitration held before the final game of the league season‚ as it might have had an effect on the outcome of the title race between Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.

The final standings‚ though‚ saw Downs defend their championship ending two points ahead of Pirates‚ who in turn were three points ahead of third-placed Wits.

So the arbitration outcome‚ in the end‚ would not have affected the order of the standings‚ but would have reduced the gaps in points between the teams.

Now‚ with the season concluded‚ Khoza has told TimesLIVE that the arbitration attempt has been dropped altogether.

“It’s not necessary to go ahead with the arbitration. The matter has been referred to the board of governors (BoG)‚” the PSL chairman said.

“It’s the matter of Wayne Arendse‚ and the matter of the Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City game [which was called off due to crowd unruliness].”

The PSL chairman said that the BoG has been tasked with clearing up grey areas in the National Soccer League (NSL‚ the mother body of the PSL) Handbook.

“It’s the issue of the rules. There must be no grey area – it must be clear‚” Khoza said.

“Because if you don’t have a clear rule it’s subject to interpretation and also people’s names are used wrongly.”

Sundowns beat Free State Stars‚ relegating them to the National First Division‚ 1-0 at Goble Park on the final day of the Premiership season on Saturday‚ May 11‚ to finish on 59 points.

The result preserved Downs’ two-point gap over Pirates‚ who ended on 57 points from a 3-0 victory against Polokwane City in their final game at Orlando Stadium.

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