Sundowns take PSL to Safa
Posted: 19 February 2010 Time: 12:57
Mamelodi Sundowns have lodged a letter of protest about the PSL's decision to resume their abandoned match against Moroka Swallows on 35 minutes.
The match was abandoned due to floodlights failure on Wednesday at the Super Stadium and the PSL took a decision yesterday saying "The match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows will continue from where it was left off and will now be played on Friday, 19 February 2010, at 19h30 at Super Stadium". If the match goes ahead today at the Super Stadium, Swallows will retain their 2-0 lead.
The decision hasn't gone down well with the Brazilians and they have now appealed the decision. The matter will go to Safa's arbitration later this afternoon.
"I cannot make any further comments on this matter until the arbitration hearing is complete," said PSL CEO, Kjetil Siem.
Sundowns' spokesperson Alex Shakoane was not available for comment.
However, it is thought that Sundowns' appeal is based on the fact that their match against Santos late last year was abandoned due to floodlights failure on the main grandstand, also at the Super Stadium, with Sundowns leading 1-0 through a goal scored by Katlego Mphela.
Sundowns' statement on the Santos read that "The chairman of the South Africa Football Association's referee review committee Steve Goddard said that the pitch was playable but the match officials feared for player’s safety due to the lightning and loss of the floodlighting on the main grandstand. The referee decided to call the match off after 38 minutes," it read.
PSL's PR and Media manager Altaaf Kazi was also not available, but the sticking point in this case is that Sundowns' game against Santos could have gone ahead because Goddard said the pitch was "playable" but the floodlighting failure on the main grandstand had to be considered in taking the decision to abandon the match.
If Sundowns win the appeal, the match is likely to be postponed to a later date and in that case, the game will start from scratch.