Premier Soccer League Board of Governors approve decision to appeal court judgement
Posted: 12 July 2018 Time: 15:41
The Premier Soccer League Executive Committee’s decision to appeal the South Gauteng High Court judgement has been ratified by the Board of Governors (BoG).
The League hosted a BoG meeting at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday, a week after the Executive Committee convened to deliberate over the judgement handed down by Judge Denise Fisher last week Monday.
Fisher ruled in favour of Ajax Cape Town, setting aside SAFA Arbitrator William Mokhari SC’s award and referring the eligibility of Tendai Ndoro to the FIFA Players Status Committee.
This judgement is understood to have reinstated to 15th position on the 2017/18 Absa Premiership table, while deeming the promotion/relegation play-offs won by Black Leopards null and void.
However, PSL chairman Irvin Khoza previously explained that this was not the case, as Fisher could not rule on Ajax's reinstatement due to Ndoro's eligibility having been referred to FIFA.
Meanwhile, the 32 PSL members have since reached a unanimous decision that the 2018/19 season will commence as scheduled regardless of the course the matter takes, after it was agreed that the League will go forth with the appeal.
“The Board of Governors were quite interested to understand what will happen with the season. We arrived at a decision, which was unanimous, that whatever happens, the games will be starting on August 4. All competitions will start as scheduled,” confirmed Khoza.
“We also agreed that this will be a two-pronged approach on the matter, with the matter of appeal going ahead on a urgent basis. As a speak now, our lawyers are with the Deputy Judge President [Phineas Mojapelo] to ask for an urgent sitting of the full bench to assist in resolving the matter as quickly as possible.
“At the same time we have to go to Judge Fisher to give us leave of appeal of the matter. The fall-back position is that, if the delay continues or we lose the case then we will go to the Players Status Committee as a matter of urgency.”