‘Downs complicated the DC matter’

Premiership

Sundowns have earlier this week been found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in their Absa Premiership match against Bidvest Wits in October last year, when Arendse was drafted into the squad at the 11th hour following an injury sustained by Thapelo Morena in the warm-ups.

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The central defender was initially left out of the matchday squad, and in contravention of the rules in the NSL Handbook, was placed into the starting line-up just minutes prior to kick-off.

Mosimane on Monday evening bemoaned the delay in the matter, and Becker has since outlined why it took nearly six months to reach a verdict.

“The reason why it took so long is because the offence by the club and Arendse was a complicated one, so it wasn’t like he’s ineligible and we didn’t approve it or something like that,” Becker tells this website.

“They came up with a suspension legal argument, which the DC had to consider – and they did do so, and what we’ve been trying to do is to understanding it on the jurisprudence of the disciplinary committee, who would think that a fine would be handed down to say, ‘You’re guilty, therefore, pay up’ or whatever the story is. 

“Now a written judgment that you can expect to find in a high court, with references to case law and the judicial principles and stuff like that, [had to be drawn up].

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“I think particular matter, the argument was complicated that needed consideration by the DC, and the judgement that came out had findings of over 20 pages long, so they had to consider all the angles due to the seriousness of the matter.

“Whichever parties would have obviously taken the matter on the field, but the DC needed to come up with a finding that would be found inerrant by SAFA or the Arbitrator down the line.

“So, it is therefore complicated with the view taken by the club, which was not a straightforward method, and obviously the league was of a different view otherwise we wouldn’t have continued with proceedings.

“But the decision has now come out and we will be separated down to argue the question of sanction, and we’ll take it from there.”

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Article by Sipho Mlotha and Chad Klate

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