PSL adds legal muscle

PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza says there is a need to add more prosecutors for the league to function properly.
PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza says there is a need to add more prosecutors for the league to function properly.
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While teams are whipping their players into shape during pre-season, PSL prosecutor Nande Becker is also adding some muscle to his office ahead of the new campaign.

With two weeks to go before the start of the new season, the prosecutor's office is expected to be busy again and a number of prosecutors are set to be hired.

But Becker is ready to once again make clubs feel the full might of the law if rules are broken as his office gets beefed up with more legal personnel.

At the end of the previous season, PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza confirmed that the prosecutorial office will be beefed up.

"There will be a new prosecutor coming, and not one prosecutor for that matter, because we have seen that we need a pool of prosecutors," Khoza said.

Although Khoza's comments implied that Becker could be shown the door, it appears the attorney will be retained.

"I hope there are fewer cases in the new season. At the moment we are busy finalising a few matters from last season," an upbeat Becker said.

"I always look forward to the new season. I hope the clubs obey the rules so that we don't have so many problems."

Last season, Becker struggled to deal with the workload from numerous cases from the Premiership and National First Division (NFD).

A lengthy case that involved Mamelodi Sundowns and defender Wayne Arendse even nearly threatened the legitimacy of the league title race.

Becker welcomed the addition of more legal minds.

"There is a lot of work going around. At any given stage there are numerous queries from clubs concerning rules. The more hands we have the better for everybody," he said.

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