‘We don’t want drama’: Pending disciplinary matter could put a damper on NFD season

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Irvin Khoza revealed that the plan to start the 2020/21 season on October 9 may need to be pushed back owing to the Fifa international calendar. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Irvin Khoza revealed that the plan to start the 2020/21 season on October 9 may need to be pushed back owing to the Fifa international calendar. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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There is an urgent disciplinary matter that could have a bearing on the outcome of the current NFD season.

The second division season is set to conclude on Sunday, following three weeks of games in the PSL bio-bubble.

But, according to PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza, there is a pending case that could put a spanner in the works.

While Khoza did not disclose what the case was about, it appears that PSL prosecutor Nande Becker has not been able to finalise the matter in time.

The undisclosed and urgent matter will now go directly to arbitration at Safa on Sunday.

“It has come to our notice that there is a case that has been outstanding for some time and that case may cause some complications depending on the facts.

Everybody must be protected because there has been big investments made. If there are issues then they must be dealt with first before we go to playoffs
Irvin Khoza

“We must make sure that it must not disturb the excitement that has been generated by the fixtures in both the premier division and GladAfrica Championship to make sure that whatever happens we keep everyone comfortable and justice prevails,” said Khoza on Friday.

He hinted that the case had to do with the teams which would be involved in the promotion/relegation playoffs, which start on September 6.

“Everybody must be protected because there has been big investments made. If there are issues then they must be dealt with first before we go to playoffs. We don’t want drama,” he said.

“The matters have not been finalised partly because of the Covid-19 [coronavirus], which has hamstrung everything. So we need to give direction because of the seriousness of the matter.”

Khoza also revealed that the plan to start the 2020/21 season on October 9 may need to be pushed back owing to the Fifa international calendar.


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