PSL to go legal route against SAFA
Posted: 20 September 2018 Time: 03:34 pm
The Premier Soccer League have strongly condemned the actions of the South African Football Association, and will now be seeking legal advice over their conflict.
The spat relates to SAFA’s announcement last week of a R50-million sponsorship of match officials from insurance company OUTsurance that the PSL were not in accordance with, over a perceived conflict.
The country’s authoritative football body then flexed their muscles in an imposing statement to clarify who the custodian of the sport is and who the subordinate is, as they assured the referees will be kitted out in their new sponsored uniforms regardless of the League’s standing and that of their sponsors.
At a media briefing held in Johannesburg’s East Rand on Thursday, PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and member of the League’s Executive Committee Kaizer Motaung expressed grief over the manner in which the matter had been handled by SAFA, and advised that clarity was being sought from their legal team.
"For all the years I've been in football, I've never read a statement from SAFA written in that manner," said Khoza.
"We have been quiet in the media because our main aim is to find a solution which is in the best interest of football. We are going to seek advice from our legal team and sponsors for a way forward.
"The statement from SAFA was sent out while we were still in a meeting with them in order to resolve the matter. That was unfortunate."
Motaung added: "We can't understand why this simple thing which could have been dealt with indoors was thrown out to the public. We as the PSL have done everything according to the book.”
The Kaizer Chiefs chairman also revealed that the relationship between the PSL and SAFA has been rocky in recent years, with the two parties having last convened over two years ago.