Royal AM have yet again lost their bid to force the PSL to declare the club as the rightful champions of last season’s GladAfrica Championship.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday ruled that it had no jurisdiction to hear the appeal that was filed by Royal in September.
The international sports mediation body, which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, also ordered the Pietermaritzburg-based football club to pay the costs of the arbitration.
This, according to the sports mediation body, “will be determined and served to the parties by the CAS court office”.
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“Royal AM Football Club shall pay to the national soccer league and Sekhukhune United FC a contribution of 4 000 Swiss francs [R63 449] each towards the legal fees and other expenses incurred in connection with the present arbitration procedure. All other parties shall bear their own expenses,” read the body’s ruling, which City Press had seen.
Royal were the appellants in the arbitration court case that had the National Soccer League (the PSL) and Sekhukhune among the six respondents. Other respondents were Safa, Polokwane City, Richards Bay and Chippa United.
Royal approached CAS with the hopes that the international tribunal would declare last season’s campaign null and void had the club, which is owned by Shauwn Mkhize, won the case.
MaMkhize, as the flamboyant soccer boss is popularly known, also boycotted the PSL promotional/relegation play-offs in the midst of her protracted legal battle with the league.
Last season, Safa arbitrator Advocate Hilton Epstein awarded Sekhukhune three points from their game against Polokwane City, who were found guilty to have breached a PSL compliance manual on the use of Under-23 players on match day.
Royal later took the matter on review to the court of law, only for the high court to order the PSL to implement the arbitration award, which gave Sekhukhune the three points that subsequently decided the first division promotion race last year.