In their appeal papers, Pirates challenged the interpretation of Rule 53.2.3 and Rule 53.3.4 of the National Soccer League (NSL) that they are strictly/vicariously liable for the conduct of their spectators.
This affects at least three cases involving Pirates – two being contested by the club and other pending DC cases of spectator misbehaviour.
PSL Head of Legal Ntsietso Mofokeng said the determination affects the cornerstone of liability of clubs for their supporters' misbehaviour.
The PSL DC panel said: “It is only proper that until the Appeal Board (of Safa) decides on whether have been giving a proper interpretation to this rule or not, then all other matters that are pending the DC, will thereafter start giving the interpretation as pronounced by the Appeals Board.”
The reasoning of the DC was that as the charges in the current matters involved an interpretation of the same rule under which Pirates was previously charged and found guilty, it did not want to act in a manner that would pre-judge that appeal.