Lawyer: Chiefs in the wrong and should be punished


A prominent legal head in the football industry has stated that Kaizer Chiefs have broken the rules governing the league and for justice to prevail they will have to be sanctioned.

Chiefs have had an outbreak of covid-19 situation at the club with 36 positive cases reported which has forced them not to fulfil their game against Cape Town City while they have also indicated that they will not be in Durban to play against Golden Arrows tonight.

The PSL has been left in limbo due to this matter which is threatening to cause further chaos to the order of fixtures laid out for the season.

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AmaKhosi have also requested that further fixtures this month be also postponed.

"Right now, Chiefs haven’t complied with the rules," says the lawyer speaking in anonymity.

"The PSL are going to have to deal with this matter according to the rules that are there but as it stands Chiefs have not complied with the rules and the points from the games against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows will be handed to those two clubs.

"When these rules were drafted covid wasn’t around and that is where the challenge starts because no one knows how to handle the situation that has come up now. There was no provision for covid back then. Why couldn’t they send a club representative to FNB Stadium for their home game against Cape Town City? Chiefs are their own worst enemy in this case.

"They still have the leeway of arguing their case based on that they have to look after the lives of their players, but the rules are not flexible enough to allow people to do that. The sympathy that Chiefs will earn is from that they are taking care of lives but according to the rules they are in the wrong.

"The trouble is that when Cape Umoya United couldn’t fulfil their fixture in similar circumstances the league gave the points to the opponents on the day. There is no provision that says if there is covid cases then you will not pitch for a match, so Chiefs are stuffed.

"Chiefs are in contempt of the rules, and I think they will get punished but they might get a clever top lawyer who argues their case on emotional grounds around that this was all about ensuring the safety of people and saving lives.  

"This is all the culmination of the PSL not having a full-time CEO. With happened with Cape Umoya you cannot then say just because you are Chiefs and a bigger club, we will let you off. You can’t because rules are for everyone. No one is above the law even though Chiefs have always had this arrogance about them. The rules apply to everyone," says the legal guru.

The club has reported that some staff will come out of isolation and return to work in the coming days.

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