- The Premier Soccer League (PSL) released a statement saying it would study the ruling which overturned Ajax Cape Town’s relegation
- Judge Denise Fisher sensationally set aside the decision of SAFA Arbitrator William Mokhari in the Tendai Ndoro saga
- The ruling has thrown the PSL standing into chaos and threatens the start of the new PSL season
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has released a statement in which it commented on yesterday’s sensational ruling which sensationally restored Ajax Cape Town to 15th position on the PSL log and has threatened to throw the entire league into chaos and possibly delay the start of the new season.
The PSL said it had noted Judge Nadine Fisher’s ruling and would with its legal team take the proper time and care to study the ruling in its entirety before taking the appropriate steps. The league said it would announce its next step at an appropriate time and would not comment until that date.
On Tuesday, Judge Fisher set aside the decision by South African Football Association (SAFA) arbitrator Advocate William Mokhari. He found Ajax had fielded an ineligible player when Tendai Ndoro was allowed to play in certain matches.
Briefly.co.za gathered that as punishment Mokhari docked Ajax Cape Town points which led to the club being relegated to the National First Division (NFD).
Judge Fisher ordered that the FIFA Player’s Status Committee investigate the matter and make a final ruling on the saga.
This has caused a certain amount of uncertainty about what will happen at the start of the new PSL season which is scheduled to start on 3 August 2018. Sport24.com reported that the PSL could decide to expand the league to include 18 teams for the new season or another option would be to replay the promotion-relegation playoffs.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that if the playoffs are replayed Black Leopards who qualified for the PSL after three-years of trying will likely launch a court challenge which could further jeopardise the start of the new season.
Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou said he was very pleased by the ruling. He said the club would make further comments once its legal team had studied the judgment in full.
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