No end in sight yet for Arendse match saga

FILE IMAGE: Wayne Arendse celebrates scoring a goal during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Rayon Sports at Lucas Moripe Stadium on March 18, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa.
FILE IMAGE: Wayne Arendse celebrates scoring a goal during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Rayon Sports at Lucas Moripe Stadium on March 18, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Image: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

The Wayne Arendse saga may drag on for a few more weeks, haunting Mamelodi Sundowns before it reaches its conclusion.

This comes after the SA Football Association (Safa) rejected the Premier Soccer League's appeal that it was an urgent matter and needed to be heard on Friday, a day before the final round of matches that took place yesterday.

Arendse's team Sundowns were fined R250,000, half suspended, after they played him in the 1-1 draw against Bidvest Wits at Lucas Moripe Stadium in October.

His name was not in the original 18-man squad, which is in contravention of the rules.

The PSL then said it would appeal the verdict by the League's independent disciplinary committee, believing that the match should be scrapped and Wits awarded a 3-0 win, which may decide who wins the 2018/19 Absa Premiership title.

Sources claim Safa laughed off the PSL's claim that it was an urgent matter.

"Safa received the papers on Thursday night and their counter argument was that you can't put together a competent legal team in a matter of hours and sit the next day," said the source.

"You have an unfortunate situation where the verdict is reached (by the DC) and the league takes eight days to file an appeal. How's that urgent? This match was played in October, so why did the DC take so long to hear this matter? Safa cannot be pushed," he said.

Safa spokesman Dominic Chimhavi was not available for comment to verify the claims.

Sundowns have claimed through their general manager Yogesh Singh said that they only received the charge sheet in January, about fours months after the match in Atteridgeville.

PSL spokesman Luxolo September couldn't be reached at the time of writing.

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