- Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou has given an explosive interview about his feelings about his side being relegated
- Efstathiou slammed the PSL and arbitration committee ruling which cost his side log points and led to them being relegated
- Ajax was sensationally relegated from the PSL for fielding Tendai Ndoro, the PSL ruling found Ndoro to be ineligible to play
Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou has, in an explosive radio interview, slammed the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the arbitration committee’s ruling, which cost his side log points and led them to be sensationally relegated.
Ajax was relegated from the PSL on Tuesday after being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. The arbitration committee ruled in favour of the PSL and found Tendai Ndoro did not qualify to play in the PSL.
Efstathiou shared his thoughts about the ruling on Metro FM’s The Ultimate Sports Show. He went on a near 40-minute rant about the ruling and claimed Ajax had followed all of the procedures set out by the PSL.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Efstathiou said PSL executives were not clear about eligibility rules and handed the matter to their legal team which advised Ajax not to play Ndoro in their match against Free State Stars.
"The league handbook states that a player may not be registered if he does not comply with all the requirements in the National Soccer League handbook," Efstathiou said.
He added: “If you get issued with a card you are free to play.”
According to Sport24.co.za the club followed the advice, but in a bid to secure points the team approached the Dispute Resolution Council (DRC) which ruled in their favour and gave the club permission to play Ndoro.
Efstathiou said: “Their reason stated clearly that the applicant [Ajax] was clear to play in all matches."
The Ajax boss also shared his displeasure about the process followed by the PSL and hinted that there were higher powers which ensure the club’s automatic relegation.
"To be honest if we were aware of the complication of the rule we might not have transferred Ndoro but like everybody else including the Executive Committee, we were not aware of the rule.
"So I probably wouldn't have taken the chance but now that means I get docked the maximum punishment that has never, never happened before.
"Tell me who got an advantage out of all of this? It certainly wasn't us because we got relegated. I can't say anything further than that because I will get into trouble.
"Has the PSL dealt with all the other cases regarding misconduct before the end of the season and why have they chased Ajax Cape Town for three or four months only?
"I have got to go to court to fight and I will do this to the best of my ability because I have a responsibility to everyone. I can't sit back and be cheated out of this situation.
"We are not cheats, we have never done anything to break the rules, we are a club of integrity and honour...we are not rubbish."
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