Royal AM handed sanctions for playoffs no-show


Royal AM have been found guilty by the PSL Disciplinary Committee for their failure to honour their 2020/21 Promotion Playoffs fixtures.

While still a GladAfrica Championship Royal AM – whose first division status has since exchanged hands to become Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila – chose not to participate in the Play-Offs as they ragged on with a series of court battles as they sought to be reinstated with their automatic promotion ticket.

Royal AM – who have since bought the status of Bloemfontein Celtic – had initially finished top of the standings before being overtaken by Sekhukhune United following a boardroom decision.

The GladAfrica Championship Royal AM ultimately didn’t fulfil any of their Play-Offs fixtures despite pitching up for one of the games at Chatsworth Stadium.

According to the PSL prosecutor Nande Becker, Royal AM have now been found guilty of all charges of misconduct against them arising from failure to honour their fixtures against Chippa United and Richards Bay in June.

The PSL DC ruling states that –

-All four matches which it was obliged to participate in but failed to do were awarded to their opponents with a 3:0 goal difference;

-Royal AM was fined the maximum fine in terms of the NSL Rules, being R1 million per match (total R4 million) with R700 000.00 of each fine (R2,8 million) being suspended for two years on condition that during that period of suspension it did not fail to honour any NSL fixtures;

-The club was further sanctioned with a deduction of 3 points for esach game not played (12 points in total) for the current season. This deduction is also suspended for one year on condition that, during the period of suspension it did not fail to honour any NSL fixtures and

-Royal AM was ordered to pay all the costs of the sittings in the four matters.

Chippa United won the Play-Offs to retain their PSL status.

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