- The Premier Soccer League (PSL) Board of Governors has approved an earlier decision by the executive committee to appeal the so-called Ndoro ruling
- The ruling by Judge Denise Fisher effectively reinstated Ajax Cape Town to the PSL and has caused uncertainty about which teams would be in the top flight
- The PSL also announced that the 2018/19 season would start on 3/4 August regardless of what happens from a legal perspective
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) Board of Governors has approved a decision made by the executive committee on 5 July to appeal the so-called Ndoro ruling. The PSL also announced that the 2018/19 season would start as planned on 3/4 August regardless of happened in the courtroom.
PSL chairman Irvin Khoza said the board had, after receiving legal counsel, decided on a two-pronged appeal process which would be treated as extremely urgent by all those involved.
He said the PSL’s legal team was meeting with the deputy judge president to request an urgent sitting of the full bench of judges to hear the appeal and make a ruling as quickly as possible.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the PSL said its backup plan was to approach the FIFA Player’s Status Committee as a matter of extreme urgency if the appeal failed.
Khoza said the PSL hoped to have the matter done and dusted by the time the new season started.
Sport24.com reported that the ruling was thought by some to resinstate Ajax Cape Town to the PSL while also effectively nullifying the promotion/relegation playoff matches played between Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos.
Black Leopards won the playoffs and are scheduled to play in the premier division this season, the club noted it would defend its promotion in court if needed.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Khoza disputed that the ruling had any effect on the PSL log because according to Khoza, Judge Fisher’s ruling was of little importance because the matter was referred back to FIFA.
Khoza has rubbished reports that the PSL could be expanded to include 18 or 20 teams in the new season. He said the matter had not come up for discussion at either committee or board level because the PSL wanted to conclude the eligibility matter first.
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