Cape Town City FC had their player registration cards stolen shortly before their clash with Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.
Maritzburg played the game under protest, with City unable to produce their cards after the City team manager Moenier Adams' bus was broken into just hours before kick-off.
According to the PSL regulations Rule 4.10, "in the absence of original cards, the principle of 'no card, no play' will apply. A player who takes the field not having provided an original registration card at the pre-match inspection will be ineligible. The sanction set out in this clause will be applied to the Player and Member Club together with any other sanction deemed appropriate by the Disciplinary Committee."
The protest was signed by both team captains Thamsanqa Mkhize and Phumlani Ntshangase before match commissioner Morne Daniels ahead of the start of the match.
The drama did not end there as a thrilling 3-2 draw ensued with both sides guilty of some amateurish defending.
The Citizens will be hoping against all hope that the result stands as it was a much-needed win for Eric Tinkler and his men, who had gone winless in their three matches prior.