Irvin Khoza upset by claims he influences policy to favour Pirates

Irvin Khoza upset by claims he influences policy to favour Pirates

- PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has dismissed claims that he uses his power as chairman to favour his club, Orlando Pirates

- This comes after fresh speculation involving the case of Mamelodi Sundowns fielding the ineligible Wayne Arendse

- Sundowns were found guilty and fined R250 000, but conspiracy theorists felt that Khoza would use his influence to have points deducted as well

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PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has rubbished claims of him using his position to favour his club, Orlando Pirates, within the league.

Khoza labelled the accusations as unfair and upsetting.

A fresh round of speculation was sparked following the case between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits, after Downs fielded an ineligible player, Wayne Arendse.

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Speculation mounted towards the end of the season and many feared that a points deduction for Sundowns would have a say in the league title.

The Brazilians were eventually fined R250 000, but escaped without a points deduction.

The PSL’s disciplinary committee made the decision, but the PSL initially wanted this reviewed by SAFA, calling for a 3-0 victory to be awarded to Wits.

In the end, the PSL dropped the arbitration, but this hasn’t stopped speculation of Khoza’s role behind the scenes.

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TimesLIVE reported on Khoza’s reaction to the claims as he said, “It’s unnecessary and it’s unfair.

“We are eight members on the executive here. So nobody can pursue his own right.”

Khoza said he was bemused by the assumption that he has irrevocable power. noted the potential points deduction would not have impacted the destination of the league title.

Going into the final day, Sundowns had the league title in their hands, irrespective of the potential deduction.

A draw or loss would have seen them relinquish first place and seen Pirates be crowned as champions.

Sundowns won on the final day. The possible one-point deduction, would still have seen them lead Pirates by one point.

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