Dark day for SA football as Royal AM boycott PSL promotion/relegation play-offs fixture

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Chippa United warming up before the Promotion Playoff match. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)
Chippa United warming up before the Promotion Playoff match. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

In sensational scenes, Royal AM FC boycotted their scheduled PSL promotion play-off fixture against Chippa United at Chatsworth Stadium on Tuesday by making a U-turn on their earlier decision to play after arriving at the venue. 

The Durban-based club had seemed set to reverse a decision made on Monday by owner Shauwn Mkhize, who insisted that the club would not honour Tuesday's fixture.

Mkhize shared in a video on Instagram that neither she nor Royal AM would be bullied to comply with the PSL's insistence to complete the playoff schedule.

"Violation of my rights, to fair competition, it's not my fault that the three points were not awarded before the last two games of the season," she had said in the video.

"I know a lot of you are wondering what's going to happen with the recent developments, here is where we stand. Myself and the entire Royal AM team are law-abiding citizens and we choose to be patient and wait for the court proceedings to unfold.

"That being said, we will NOT be participating in tomorrow's play-offs as that would be going against Judge Nyathi's ruling. It's not over yet!"

Despite this, Royal AM staff and players arrived at Chatsworth Stadium an hour before kick-off on Tuesday as they seemed set to comply with the PSL's directive to continue the promotion play-offs.

Suddenly, in sensational scenes, club staff were seen packing up equipment with players and other members of staff then leaving the stadium.

The club seem to be insisting that the PSL are in direct opposition of an earlier judgment handed down by the Gauteng High Court that the promotion/relegation play-offs be suspended.

Chippa United were seen in TV images taking to the field with the match official calling off the match as a result of the no-show by the home side.

A judgement will now need to be made, possibly by the PSL Disciplinary Committee who will decide the outcome of Tuesday's fixture.

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