PSL Exco to hold emergency meeting on Thursday over Ajax ruling

PSL Exco to hold emergency meeting on Thursday over Ajax ruling

- The Premier Soccer League has scheduled an emergency Executive Committee meeting on Thursday

- The Exco meeting will discuss the court ruling in favour of Ajax Cape Town in the Tendai Ndoro matter

- The judgment set aside a ruling by SAFA arbitrator Advocate William Mokhari and referred the matter to the FIFA Player’s Status Committee

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is scrambling in the wake of the ruling by the South Gauteng High Court which reinstated Ajax Cape Town to 15th on the PSL log. The PSL’s Executive Committee will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the matter and plot a way forward.

The eight Exco members which include Chairman Irvin Khoza, interim CEO Mato Madlala, Kaizer Motaung, Stanley Matthews, David Thidiela, Jose Ferreira, Dr Rejoice Simelane and Khumbulani Konco, will meet at PSL headquarters on Thursday.

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The PSL is expected to ask FIFA to intervene in the matter and make a quick ruling which would provide a way forward. If FIFA declines to intervene in a speedy manner the PSL could force the promotion/relegation playoffs to be replayed or expand the PSL to 18 teams. gathered that if the PSL forces a replay of the promotion/relegation playoffs it could be hit by further legal action. Black Leopards who qualified for promotion to the top tier are likely to go to extreme measures to remain in the PSL. reported that another avenue open to the PSL would be to challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court of Appeals. This option seems least likely because proceedings at the SCA could drag on indefinitely and would threaten the start of the PSL season which is scheduled for 3 August 2018.

On Monday, Judge Nadine Fisher sensationally overturned the findings by South African Football Association (SAFA) arbitrator Advocate William Mokhari which cost Ajax Cape Town points and led to the club being relegated from the PSL.

Mokhari found that Ajax had allowed Tendai Ndoro to play in the PSL when he was ineligible to do so. Judge Fisher’s judgment set aside the ruling and referred the matter to the FIFA Player’s Status Committee.

The PSL responded to the ruling by releasing a statement in which it said it would study the judgement in its entirety before making any further comment and announcing a way forward.

The league said in its opinion the ruling did not automatically restore Ajax Cape Town to 15th on the PSL log and it did not view the completed promotion/relegation playoffs as being invalid. The statement noted that the PSL was still seeking further legal advice on the matter.

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