Covid postponement: Chiefs win arbitration against the PSL

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Amakhosi win. Photo:  ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Amakhosi win. Photo: ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix


Kaizer Chiefs’ title challenge has been boosted by Safa arbitrator Nazeer Cassim’s ruling on Friday that the two matches they missed due to a Covid-19 outbreak should be rescheduled.

Cassim ruled in Chiefs favour when he ordered that the two matches against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows should be played.

Amakhosi had challenged the PSL’s decision not to grant them postponements of the two matches following an outbreak of Covid-19 in their camp last December. They failed to pitch up for both games.

In his ruling Cassim said: 

It is my view that KC [Kaizer Chiefs] were justified in not fielding teams for the fixtures on December 4 2021 and December 8 2021. These two games must be replayed. There is much to be said that where possible games must be replayed in order to enable soccer to triumph and the best team on the day in question to be rewarded for its efforts.

“I am averse to the litigation process deciding the winner. It is better that the results of the match be determined in the field.”

But Chiefs were ordered to pay the legal costs of the league, the senior and junior counsel and of the arbitrator.

Cassim ruled: 

Chiefs must pay the wasted cost occasioned by Cape Town City in attending at Johannesburg on December 4 2021 to play the scheduled fixture. This also applies to the actual cost incurred by Golden Arrows, if any. Chiefs are also liable for the legal costs of City.


Timothy Molobi 

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