Platinum Stars to challenge PSL sanction involving Siyabonga Zulu
Posted: 15 April 2016 Time: 10:16
Platinum Stars plan to challenge the Premier Soccer League's decision to dock the club one point and fine them R50,000.
The League announced the sanction on Wednesday after ruling that Stars fielded an ineligible player, Siyabonga Zulu, in a league match with Mamelodi Sundowns on August 8.
Dikwena, however, feel victimised, and have issued a statement, which reads: 'Platinum Stars has noted various media reports by various media houses in relation to the disciplinary proceedings that were instituted by the League against Platinum Stars. These media reports point out that Platinum Stars has been:
'1. found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, Mr. Siyabonga Zulu, in a League match against Mamelodi Sundowns;
2. docked points (1 point) gained by Platinum Stars from the match;
3. fined R50,000 and ordered to pay the costs of the sittings.
'Platinum Stars confirms that the Disciplinary Committee of the League convened on two occasions to deal with the charges brought against Platinum Stars by the League. Platinum Stars pleaded not guilty to these charges as Platinum Stars believes that it has done nothing wrong in relation to Mr. Zulu’s joining Platinum Stars and his registration with the League. It is important to note that Platinum Stars did not play an ineligible player in the match against Mamelodi Sundowns. At the time Mr. Zulu was fielded – in the very first match of the season – Mr. Zulu was registered with the League and the relevant rules applicable to registration of players had been complied with.
'Platinum Stars is still waiting for the written ruling in order to understand the Disciplinary Committee’s basis, and reasoning, for concluding that Platinum Stars is guilty of the charges. Platinum Stars has rights to further remedies and intends to utilize these to clear its name, ensure that the truth comes out and it becomes clear that Platinum Stars is a victim here.
'Platinum Stars respects the internal processes in terms of the League’s rules and football rules. Platinum Stars will therefore not comment any further on this matter until all the processes in terms of the rules have been exhausted.
'Issued by Cliff Ramoroa, Chairman – Platinum Stars Football Club.'