Khoza defends PSL integrity

The PSL have come under plenty of scrutiny in recent weeks over the pending Disciplinary Committee (DC) matter involving Mamelodi Sundowns and defender Wayne Arendse.

The PSL DC last week handed down a verdict on the case in which the club and player were found guilty after six months of the incident occurring, with theories arising of Khoza, who is also the boss of Orlando Pirates, trying to unfairly influence the Absa Premiership title race.

Though a sanction has yet to be handed down, many have speculated that the docking of points could see Pirates pip The Brazilians in the title race, with so few games remaining and ultimately handing them the advantage without the benefit of being able to properly challenge this.

However, Khoza has insisted that the League and its representatives outside of its independent judicial arms have no say on how matters are handled.

“What is important for us as the league – the executive committee (ExCo) in particular, is the fairness, speed and lawfulness of any situation we are dealing with,” explained Khoza.

“Football is regulated, so it can never be my feelings, as the chairman of the league, or the feelings of the CEO or the ExCo; it’s about what the rules, handbook, compliance manual, club licencing regime or the issues in the DRC, and what FIFA constitution says.

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“So, it’s not about what you say, and to some people it might appear as if we’re sluggish or incompetent, but there are many issues that cause delays in some of the [matters before the independent tribunals].

“Without you [the media and public] knowing, some clubs ask for postponements; some clubs seek legal advice over the particulars, and every club has the right to be given an opportunity when they ask for a postponement.

“And all such postponements are agreed by discussion with the prosecutor. No CEO or executive member gets involved in the issue of postponements or charges or whatever, but sometimes, when you read in the media, it’s as if there’s been some influence of some sort.”

The Iron Duke further added that it is difficult for the League to clear its name given the personal agendas of some reports, while referring back to their vindication in the matter which involved Ajax Cape Town and the fielding of Tendai Ndoro a year ago.

“If you want to believe something, you’re going to believe in it even if we give you the best facts available, because you want to believe in that something, so it becomes your reality,” he added.

“But it’s a problem because a lot of people get killed or slated, and that narrative, which is negative, persists. And sometimes we don’t want to rebut anything as if we are defending anything. Instead we say, ‘The truth shall set you free.’

“The issue of Ajax is a case in point, where there was this judgemental sentiment about us charging the matter, but we were vindicated by arbitrations on three occasions and two or three court sittings.”

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