PSL slaps FC AK with ultimatum over ownership

2011-09-03 20:07

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has given National First Division (NFD) club FC AK an ultimatum to solve their ownership squabble by Tuesday, while the club has threatened to take the league to court.

The spat is the result of an ongoing ownership battle that has seen a faction fail in two court bids to wrest ownership from the current owners.

This in turn has thrown NFD fixtures into disarray as three matches involving FC AK have been postponed and their players have not been paid for three months as the PSL has held back their R200 000 monthly grants.

As a result, the club and their players are not registered with the PSL for the current season.

PSL chief operations officer Professor Ronnie Schloss on Friday told City Press that the two warring factions have been given an ultimatum to resolve this matter by Tuesday.

“We have given the two parties an ultimatum that this matter must be finalised by Tuesday, failing which it will be referred to the Board of Governors. We will wait to see what the courts decide before we act,” said Schloss.

FC AK acting chief executive Joseph Cotty said the club intended to interdict the PSL and accused them, as well as the South African Football Players Union (Safpu), of colluding with the Glen Taaibosch-led faction.

The latter has challenged the club’s ownership by Catherine van Staden, who was installed as the club’s owner by her son-in-law Aziz Kara when he was banned from football for 30 years in 2008.

“They (Taaibosch’s group) have lost twice in court with their case being dismissed with costs. The question then is: Why is the league still entertaining them? It’s unfair that everything, including the players’ lives, is on hold.”

He added that Safpu national organiser, Cappy Matutoane, had attached an affidavit to the court documents supporting the Taaibosch faction.

Matutoane said the affidavit did not indicate that they supported Taaibosch’s party, but was intended to register the club and its players.

“We will support any party that says the club must be registered so that we know where to go for players to get their monies.

“Most of the players have not been paid and are suffering because of this dispute and the sooner it is settled the better,” said Matutoane.

He said they had a case awarded against FC AK which they could not execute as the club’s grants were suspended.

Former club CEO Gene ­Petersen who is with the Taaibosch group, said they had applied for a declaratory order to register the team and the players but the other party had opposed the application.

The application was dismissed with costs this week by the South Gauteng High Court just as their previous bid for the club’s ownership was a fortnight ago.

“We are going back to court next week to sort out the ownership dispute as we want to resolve the matter as soon as possible but the other party is dragging its feet,” said Petersen.

He said the court had recommended the two parties seek an independent private arbitrator to settle the matter urgently but the other side refused.

“They are more worried about the grant than anything else, so they keep on opposing our applications.”

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