- The PSL’s Disciplinary Committee has fined Bloemfontein Celtic and Black Leopards R100 000 each for contravening the playing kit rules
- The PSL suspended the fines for two-years after both clubs plead guilty to the charges
- If either club commits a similar offence within 24 months the fine will be reinstated
The Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) Disciplinary Committee has come down hard on two of the league’s clubs. The committee fined Black Leopards and the already cash-strapped Bloemfontein Celtic R100,000 each for violating the PSL’s kit rules.
The PSL has, however, suspended the fines for two years after both clubs plead guilty to the charges. This ruling will come as a relief to both clubs. Bloemfontein Celtic are already facing financial strain and Black Leopards have just been promoted and won’t have much spare cash.
If either of the clubs commits a similar offence within the next two years (24 months from when the sentence was imposed) the fine will be reinstated and will become payable.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the PSL released a statement which said both clubs were charged for contravening the Compliance Manual and Kit Manual which forms part of the PSL’s broader rules and regulations.
Citizen.co.za reported that Black Leopards were charged for using a kit which had not been approved by the relevant PSL committees during its first match of the 2018/19 PSL season.
The match took place on 4 August and was played against Polokwane City.
Bloemfontein Celtic committed the exact same offence when they took to the field for their first match of the season against Chippa United on 5 August.
Despite facing financial and management issues, Bloemfontein Celtic have made a super start to the season and are currently second on the PSL log with an extra game in hand.
Earlier this year the club was in financial turmoil which led to players and staff being paid late, questions remain over the future stability of the team and speculations about the club being sold refuses to die down.
Black Leopards are currently in eighth place on the PSL log and are enjoying their first season back in the PSL after spending a couple of years in the first division.
Black Leopards have won one match, lost one and drawn twice this season and can be proud of their performances thus far.
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