Update on Chiefs and PSL case
Update on Chiefs and PSL case
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) prosecutor Advocate Zola Majavu has issued an update on the case between the league and Kaizer Chiefs.
Chiefs had indicated a willingness to appeal the decision from the PSL to charge them for fixtures they did not honour in December.
Initially Chiefs had appealed for the PSL to postpone their next five league games, as they reported 31 members involved in the club’s day to day running at their Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena had tested positive Covid-19. The league then failed to respond to the Chiefs’ appeal, which then prompted opponents for the day, Cape Town City to travel all the to Johannesburg in an effort to claim their three points via a Chiefs no show and subsequent forfeit.
City would then arrive to a locked FNB Stadium, without Chiefs as expected, but also without broadcasters. Amakhosi would then also not honour their next fixture, an away game against Golden Arrows. It is believed that the team had gathered a squad to travel for the match against Abafana besthende, but would then see more cases arise from the same group at the airport, forcing them to cancel their trip to Durban.
Chiefs then eventually returned to action to honour their last three fixtures of the December period as the case dragged on behind the scenes. Now in the latest release from the PSL, Majavu has confirmed that Amakhosi have been granted their wish to have the matter postponed, and a new date for the matter to be heard has been set
“What follows here under is an update pertaining to the Kaizer Chiefs disciplinary matter which was enrolled for hearing at 16h00 today. I can confirm that the matter proceeded before the PSL DC where upon Kaizer Chiefs brought an application for the DC to be stayed pending the outcome of their urgent referral of their dispute to arbitration under the hospices of SAFA. We agreed that the matter should and can be postponed, however, that timelines be put in place so that the matter does not fall through the cracks. It was also recognised that this matter must be finalised as soon as possible, way before the league draws to an end. With that acceptance, the DC was inclined to grant the request by Kaizer Chiefs that the matter stand down until their arbitration at SAFA is finalised. The matter was subsequently postponed to the 25th of February at 16h00 at which time the matter would then proceed. Of course, depending on the outcome of the arbitration it may well be that the matter may not proceed in the current format. Whatever the outcome may be, we should not pre-empt it. Should the arbitration be finalised before then, the prosecutor was directed to communicate to the DC members as to the next course of action, mindful of the fact that no one at this stage knows what the outcome of that arbitration may be.” Said a release from Majavu.
It now remains to be seen if Chiefs and the PSL will reach a resolution on the 25th of February to put an end to this saga once and for all.