PSL CEO confirms open Chiefs fixture

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The League on Monday released the fixture details of the quarterfinals of the league cup, which scheduled Amakhosi’s clash with Matsatsantsa at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

This is the same venue where Chiefs have been handed a two-match stadium ban by the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee for the unruly behaviour of their supporters in April.

Having served the first half of their ban against Polokwane City on October 6, this was expected to be their second fixture behind closed doors but that will not be the case.

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Madlala has since explained that though Chiefs are the home team in this instance, a cup fixture is in fact not their own game to claim profits from, while pointing out that the DC ruling was for league games only.

“It will not [be behind closed doors], that’s how I’ve been advised. The cup game is not their game, even though they’ve got home advantage,” Madlala tells KickOff.com.

“So, this is specific to their home games, but the cup is not their own game, where they pocket the money.

“It does not fall under the banned games. Yes, [the Nedbank Cup game was a cup game] but the decision rests with the tribunal that said, ‘the league games’.”

Upon further inspection, the DC ruling released by the PSL on September 11 does not state explicitly which particular games the ban is for.

The statement reads:

'The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has found Kaizer Chiefs guilty and ordered that they play three matches behind closed doors with one (of the three) matches suspended for a period of 24 months provided Kaizer Chiefs is not found guilty of a similar offence.

'This follows the sitting of the Disciplinary Committee arising from the events of 21 April 2018 at Moses Mabhida Stadium during the Nedbank Cup match against Free State Stars where supporters of Kaizer Chiefs invaded the pitch and caused damage to property.

'The Disciplinary Committee further ruled that the matches which the club play behind closed doors must be scheduled for Kwa-Zulu Natal. The DC held a view that since the incident had occurred in Kwa-Zulu Natal, a strong message must be sent to the spectators in that province that the behaviour of 21 April 2018 is totally unacceptable. 

'The findings of the Disciplinary Committee are in line with Article 45.5 of the NSL Handbook (Constitution) that holds Member Clubs culpable for the behaviour of their supporters.'

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