PSL respond to Celtic's legal drama


The PSL has responded to calls to ban Bloemfontein Celtic following the ongoing legal drama with former goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb.

This after the Cameroon goalkeeper’s lawyers lobbied that Celtic be banned from competing in the 2021/22 season due to their continued failure to pay the R3 million owed.

Celtic are already serving a two-window transfer ban – as ordered by FIFA – after Tignyemb appealed his unfair dismissal case with the world governing body.

After being alerted to this matter via a letter written by Johnny Precious Ogbah, head of sports law (Africa) at the Activity Chambers, whose contents were partly published on this website, Michael Murphy – the league’s legal counsel has responded. 

 "Please can I ask for confirmation regarding the factual position set out in the letter from Mr Precious. In other words – is it correct that the sum of the set out (R3m) has not been paid? If it has been paid, can you please send proof of that. If not, what has been paid, and when?

"I will need to refer the matter to the appropriate persons at the League to deal with but I need to understand precisely what the position is before doing so," reads a response from Murphy copied to Celtic boss Max Tshabalala among others.

Citing CAF Club Licensing Regulations, Tignyemb’s lawyers are now pushing for Celtic to be withdrawn from the league as they have violated the regulations.

FIFA made the decision in Tignyemb’s favour in October last year.

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