PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu told the media late yesterday that the DRC had ruled in favour of Torrealba, confirming that he was a free agent.
“The earlier decision of the DRC has been confirmed; therefore the appeal by Sundowns has been dismissed. They have been ordered to forfeit the appeal fee of R10 000 that was paid to Safa,” he says.
“Sundowns were further ordered to pay all the legal costs that Mr. Torrealba incurred on a High Court scale and also ordered to carry the costs that Safa incurred in setting up the appeal process.”
Majavu did not want to speculate on the amount but said the Appeals Board was very specific, adding that the “High Court is the Highest Court in the land and this matter is unprecedented”.
“Torrealba will have to draw up a bill which will then be presented to Sundowns to settle. And once the parties agree on the fee, it will be paid.
“However, if there is a disagreement on the fee, it will go before a Tax Master of the High Court who will then determine whether the bill is fair.
“In the event that either party is aggrieved by the decision, there is still a further and final appeal, which is arbitration. That process must be exercised within 72 hours and it is only once the arbitrator has spoken that this matter will be finalised.”