The DStv Premiership clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City was called off after the home side failed to arrive at the venue with the Cape side locked out of FNB Stadium.
Here is an in-depth guideline of the PSL rules that Kaizer Chiefs broke and the punishment the club faces by failing to honour a DStv Premiership fixture.
The Citizens confirmed that it had followed all the necessary matchday protocols as they honoured the fixture by arriving the required 90 minutes before kick-off.
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Kaizer Chiefs though were a no-show with the stadium doors sensationally shut with the away side denied entry.
Amakhosi documented two statements in first requesting a postponement of their December fixtures by the PSL. While also categorically stating that it would be unable to host Saturday's fixture due to a wave of positive Covid-19 cases.
The club announced that a minimum of 31 club personnel and staff had tested positive for Covid-19 that forced the closure of its Naturena training base.
Below is the full PSL Handbook guidelines after failing to honour Saturday's league clash, the club faces a stiff punishment.
PSL handbook guidelines:
Article 9: Dates and venues of matches
9.2. The home club is responsible for staging every match in compliance with the NSL Handbook and all applicable legislation.
9.4. In extraordinary circumstances, the league may postpone a match at any time prior to the start of the match.
9.5. Fixtures may be changed by the league, provided that proper notification of the rescheduled fixture is given to the participating member clubs in terms of this rule.
9.6. Member clubs will be notified by the league of all fixtures and fixture changes in writing no later than 120 hours prior to kick-off of the match, except that, in the following circumstances, the notice period may be shorter at the discretion of the league:
9.6.1. Where the league and both member clubs participating in the match agree to a shorter notice period;
9.6.2. Where a match is abandoned by the referee whether the match had commenced or not;
9.6.3. Where a match is postponed by the league in terms of rule 9.4; or
9.6.4. In circumstances considered extraordinary by the chief executive officer.
9.7. A member club seeking approval for a fixture change must submit a written request for the fixture change to the league at least 10 days prior to the match in question on the prescribed form issued by the league, accompanied by all the supporting documents required. The league has the discretion to grant or refuse the request.
NSL Covid-19 health protocol manual for the 2021/22 season
This is a directive of the executive committee of the league issued pursuant to rule 18.1 of the NSL Handbook. It talks about compliance and directives. The health protocol manual is consequently mandatory and binding and will remain so until withdrawn or amended by the executive committee. Under “action plan for Covid-19-positive cases", Appendix C states that:
• All close contacts to self-isolate/quarantine from last exposure depending on risk. Contact list to be shared with lab and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases for track-and-trace and testing. Those who have had close contact must follow isolation protocols for 10 days. Other contacts are to be monitored and tested if symptomatic.
• Close contact means no masks, contact for longer than 15 minutes (collectively) and contact that happened indoors.
Kaizer Chiefs have instructed all of their players, members of the technical team and staff who are deemed primary contacts to quarantine as per official protocols.
The PSL set a precedent last season after punishing two clubs for similar Covid-19 related offences.
Polokwane City - docked three points, fined
GladAfrica Championship outfit Rise and shine were deducted three points by the PSL Disciplinary Committee for failing to adhere to the league's rules of including five Under-23 players in their squad.
The DC failed to take into account Polokwane's depleted squad due to positive Covid-19 cases. The club was also handed an R100 000 suspended fine.
Cape Umoya United - docked three points
Similarly, fellow second division outfit Cape Umoya were also docked points for failing to honour their fixture after being ravaged by Covid-19 cases.
Royal AM - docked points, fine
In a controversial promotion battle that still rambles on, Royal AM was docked points and fined heavily for failing to honour the PSL's promotion playoffs last season.
"Royal AM was fined the maximum fine in terms of the NSL Rules, being R1m per match (total R4m) with R700 000 of each fine (total R2.8m) suspended for two years on condition that during the period of suspension it did not fail to honour any NSL fixtures.
"The club was further sanctioned with a deduction of three points for each game not played (12 points in total) for the current season. This deduction was also suspended for one year on condition that during the period of suspension it did not fail to honour any NSL fixtures."
Kaizer Chiefs could now similarly be fined for a fee starting from R100 000 to a huge R1 million depending on the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.