- Patrice Motsepe says he won't discuss the legal matter regarding Wayne Arendse in public
- This comes as the PSL is attempting to appeal a ruling made regarding Sundowns' match last year against Bidvest Wits
- Sundowns were fined for fielding Arendse, an unlisted player, in the match
Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe says that legal battle with the PSL over ineligible player Wayne Arendse should not be discussed in public.
He referred to the issue as "dirty linen".
This comes as the South African Football Association waits for the PSL to agree on a date for arbitration over the issue.
The issue dates back to October 2018 when Sundowns fielded Arendse in a match against Bidvest Wits, which subsequently ended in 1–1 draw. The issue arose because Arendse was an unlisted player. As a result, Sundowns were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player and were fined R250 000, according to Times Live.
However, the PSL is appealing the ruling. They have asked for Bidvest Wits to be awarded a 3–0 victory.
Motsepe said that he had a duty toward Sundowns, but stressed that he would not be discussing the matter publicly.
"We all have a duty to make sure that this league continues to be ethical and there must always be integrity," he said.
He went on to say that the matter would be discussed in private with the relevant stakeholders before public statements would be made.
However, even if the PSL is successful in its appeal, the outcome of this season's Absa Premiership would remain the same as Sundowns would remain one point in the lead, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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