FC AK appeal in bribery case

2008-05-13 00:00

THE bribery case delaying the National First Division (NFD) play-off final, in which Maritzburg United will compete for promotion to the Premier Soccer League (PSL), continues to drag on.

Yesterday was the deadline for FC AK, found guilty of bribery and booted out of the NFD to the Vodacom League, to appeal the verdict and PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu confirmed that the team has lodged an appeal. This will be heard by the Safa Appeals Board.

FC AK, whose owner Azziz Kara received a 30-year ban and a R500 000 fine, were due to play United in the home and away NFD final on May 3 and 10, before being expelled.

“FC AK have lodged an appeal and it will be heard on Monday, May 19. The appeal was lodged on Friday, but only came to my attention [yesterday] because it was made to Safa, not the PSL,” Majavu said yesterday.

Majavu said the losing party in the appeal will have 72 hours to apply to take the matter to arbitration. “The decision in the appeal might be made on May 19, but it seems likely that it will take longer than that,” he said.

This means the deadline to apply to go to arbitration will be Thursday, May 22, at the earliest, with a likely date for the case to be heard only coming the following week.

Even if the matter is finally resolved, it seems unlikely the PSL will set a new date for the NFD final on the subsequent weekend, leaving United a potential date of June 7 for the away leg, and June 14 at home.

United have been out of action for a month already since winning the Coastal Stream on April 12, and have attempted to keep their match sharpness by playing in friendlies.

Should the verdict against AK be upheld, United’s likely final opponents will be

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