Huge twist in PSL promotion race

Premiership

The Premier Soccer League has added a new twist in the GladAfrica Championship title race after the Executive Committee made a huge call on Friday.

The PSL Exco sat on Thursday to deliberate the PSL Disciplinary Committee outcome that saw Sekhukhune awarded three points that moved them top of the Championship table, ahead of initial leaders Royal AM on goal difference.

The case involved an instance of misconduct in that Polokwane City failed to field the required number of five under-23 players in their playing side during their fixture on 2 January, which Rise & Shine won 1-0.

The League has now suggested that they could contest the award after another special Exco meeting is convened, though the final-day fixtures scheduled for Sunday are set to go ahead as planned.

PSL's statement reads as follows:

On 19 May 2021, a ruling was handed down in the arbitration between Sekhukhune United Football Club and Polokwane City Football Club. The arbitration ruling has created uncertainty in relation to the discretion afforded to the PSL Disciplinary Committee to determine an appropriate sanction for acts of misconduct in each case.

It has always been the position that the PSL Disciplinary Committee is required to consider the range of sanctions available for acts of misconduct and then exercise a discretion as to what the appropriate sanction should be in each case.

An urgent special meeting of the Executive Committee of the PSL was convened to consider the matter. It is the view of the League that it is not correct, as the arbitration ruling holds, that the PSL Disciplinary Code is silent and that the Disciplinary Committee had to impose a mandatory sanction under the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

The FIFA Disciplinary Code may only be reverted to when the PSL Handbook is silent on an issue. In this particular case, the PSL Handbook is not silent and provides the Disciplinary Committee with the discretion to consider a range of sanctions.

The PSL is aware of the confusion that has been created as a result of the arbitration award. The PSL is in the process of considering several options and has been in communication with all Member Clubs in this regard.

We confirm that the final matches taking place this weekend will proceed as planned.

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