PSL-Kaizer Chiefs case lingers on as matter referred to SAFA arbitration

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Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates with teammates during the DStv Premiership match against Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium (Gallo Images)
Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates with teammates during the DStv Premiership match against Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium (Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs have opted to rope in the South African Football Association (SAFA) in their Premier Soccer League (PSL) December fixtures matter, the league confirmed on Friday.

The PSL officially charged the Soweto giants for failing to honour two of their fixtures in December last year.

Amakhosi revealed to the football fraternity that a mass Covid-19 outbreak at the club occurred with no less than 52 members testing positive for the virus.

Chiefs wrote to the league, urging the postponement of their December fixtures but the PSL took nearly three weeks to respond.

The club took matters into its own hands during that time, opting not to honour their fixtures against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows before returning to play Sekhukhune United ten days later.

Chiefs were set to come forward to the PSL Disciplinary Committee on Friday but that has since put on ice as they referred the matter to SAFA's arbitration, PSL Prosecutor Zola Majavu confirmed.

"I can confirm the matter proceeded before the PSL DC, where upon Kaizer brought an application for the DC to be stayed, pending the outcome of their urgent referral of their dispute to arbitration under the hospices of SAFA. We agreed that the case should and can be postponed, however that timelines be put in place so that the matter does not fall through the cracks," Majavu said via the PSL media department.

"It was also recognised that this matter must be finalised as soon as possible, way before the league draws to an end. With that acceptance, the DC was inclined to grant the request by Kaizer Chiefs that the matter stand down till their arbitration at SAFA is finalised.

"The matter was subsequently postponed to the 25 February at 16:00, at which time the matter would then proceed. Of course, depending on the outcome of the arbitration, it may well be that the matter may not proceed in the current format.

"Should the arbitration be finalised before then, the prosecutor was directed to communicate with the DC members as to the next intended course of action, mindful of the fact that no one at this stage knows what the outcome of that referral to the arbitration may be."

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