Latest on Downs, Arendse DC case

The Premier Soccer League has provided the latest on the disciplinary matter involving Mamelodi Sundowns and central defender Wayne Arendse.

Sundowns were found guilty of fielding the ineligible Arendse in an Absa Premiership match against Bidvest Wits in the first half of the season, when he had not been named in the 18-man match day squad, which contravenes the PSL regulations. The game finished 1-1. 

The PSL disciplinary committee were due to sentence Sundowns a fortnight ago, but the matter was postponed, at the request of the defending champions, as they were away on CAF Champions League duty against Egyptian giants Al Ahly.

PSL communications manager Lux September has confirmed that all parties have made written submissions to the disciplinary committee, due to the urgency of the matter. Usually all parties would have to make their submissions orally in front of the DC, but that is not the case this time round.

“The last time we spoke we did indicate that there was a postponement request from Mamelodi Sundowns, which was granted by the DC. The latest on the matter is that all the parties, the PSL with our prosecutor Mr Nande Becker, Mamelodi Sundowns and also Mr Wayne Arendse, have since made written submissions to the disciplinary committee. This is in view of the urgency in finalising the matter,” September said this morning.

“So basically all parties have agreed to file this affidavit, summarising the evidence, which normally would be tendered orally to the disciplinary committee. The DC has received this and we are currently awaiting the DC’s decision with regards to the sanction. So there will be no sitting, which basically means the process hopefully will be finalised in due course.”

Sundowns, who moved level on points with Orlando Pirates on Tuesday after a 3-2 victory over Chippa United, have travelled to Morocco for their CAF Champions League first leg semifinal against Wydad Casablanca, set to be played on Friday (21h00). 

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