Arrows challenge PSL DC decision


Golden Arrows have not taken the PSL disciplinary committee's decision to sanction the club lying down.

Earlier this week, Arrows were handed a formal reprimand and were ordered to pay the costs of legal counsel after being found guilty by the PSL's disciplinary committee of having improperly registered midfielder Simo Mbhele at the start of the campaign.

While the Kwa-Zulu Natal-based outfit avoided a points deduction after it was found that there was no dishonest conduct on the part of the club or the player, both Arrows and Mbhele have lodged an appeal against sanctions that were imposed.

"Golden Arrows, as they are entitled to, have decided to exercise their appeal rights by challenging an earlier decision of the PSL DC in terms of which they were duly found guilty of having fielded an improperly registered player, Mr Simo Brighton Mbhele, on the basis that when his registration was procured by the league's registration department that was done in the absence of an unambiguous requirement of an international clearance certificate," PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu said in a statement.

"Having heard all of the evidence, the disciplinary committee of the league returned a verdict of guilty and sanction was reserved. When the sanction ruling came out a few days ago, the PSL DC sanctioned Golden Arrows with a reprimand, plus an order to pay the cost of the two disciplinary hearing sittings.

"Now, the club and player seem to be aggrieved by the decision which is the reason for the notice of appeal which the league received earlier. I can indicate that, at this stage, I have not made a definitive decision with regards to what stance the prosecutor would take, however, I do not rule out a possibility of filing a cross-appeal against Golden Arrows with regards to the sanction. It is a decision that I will make in the fullness of time."