Bloemfontein Celtic have confirmed they have lost the case against Mamelodi Sundowns over the issue of Tebogo Langerman.
Celtic took Sundowns to the PSL Disciplinary Committee for naming the suspended defender in their squad for the Nedbank Cup final, which The Brazilians won 1-0 at Orlando Stadium.
The matter reached SAFA arbitration under Advocate Gcina Malindi SC on Friday, where the case was thrown out after NSL Handbook procedures for protests were not followed.
Langerman did not feature in the game but Celtic's protest came too late in the end, with the complaint needing to have been lodged 30 minutes prior to kick-off.
"There are no hard feelings. We have accepted the arbitrator's decision," Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco tells KickOff.com. "The arbitrator's decision is final and we will not pursue the matter."
It is unclear whether Sundowns will still be fined for their transgression as per regulations after pleading guilty to the infringement, with a verdict expected on Monday.
Nevertheless, as was suggested by a number of senior figures prior to Celtic taking the matter further, Sundowns' incredible domestic treble was never in danger of being lost and the Yellow Nation can now continue their celebrations.
Downs' Nedbank Cup win capped off a memorable treble season, re-live the celebrations below