Legal issues forces PSL to postpone promotion/relegation play-offs

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The Premier Soccer League has confirmed the postponement of the PSL promotion/relegation play-offs with immediate effect.

That means the Chippa United and Richards Bay FC's match will not take place on Thursday.

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Royal AM's opening match was postponed on Tuesday after the club filed a binding legal document to suspend the start of play-offs on Monday which the Gauteng High Court granted.

However, the mini tournament was scheduled to continue on Thursday, as the PSL appealed their case.

The PSL has now opted to postpone the playoffs as they go head-to-head with Royal AM to solve the matter with an "urgent intervention by the High Court".

"A legal dispute has arisen between Royal AM and the League as to whether the order granted by Nyathi AJ has been suspended as a result of the filing by the League of an application for leave to appeal Nyathi AJ's order. The League contends that the order has been suspended, while Royal AM contends that it has not," a statement released by the PSL read on Thursday.

"In the circumstances, the League has elected to postpone the start of the playoffs and seek the urgent intervention of the High Court.

"Unfortunately, that means that Richards Bay Football Club and Chippa United Football Club will not be able to play their scheduled match today.

"The risks to the completion of the season are obvious, but in view of the dispute, the League has elected to act with an abundance of caution even in extremely trying circumstances for all Member Clubs, their players, and those affected in this matter.

"Our further communication will follow as soon as we are in a position to."

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