Court case delays PSL play-offs

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The Umhlathuze Sports Stadium stood empty on Tuesday instead of hosting the PSL promotion / relegation playoff between Royal AM and Richards Bay fc.
The Umhlathuze Sports Stadium stood empty on Tuesday instead of hosting the PSL promotion / relegation playoff between Royal AM and Richards Bay fc.

The PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-offs remain in a very controversial state of stagnation because of court cases involving Royal AM of Durban.

Royal AM were due to face Richards Bay at Umhlathuze Sports Stadium on Tuesday in the opening game of the play-offs, but it did not go ahead because Royal AM successfully went to court to stop the competition from starting.

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That was after the club had effectively come off second-best in a previous legal matter involving Sekhukhune United of Limpopo over the right to be declared champions of the GladAfrica Championship and be automatically promoted to the DStv Premiership next season.

On Tuesday afternoon, the PSL said in a statement they would now seek a reversal of the court decision late on Monday that stalled the play-offs in Royal AM’s favour.

The body said they had to finish the competition by June 30 because that is when players’ contracts generally end and any further delay in the play-offs may affect the start of next season.

New date for  Carling Black Label Cup

Meanwhile, the Carling Black Label Cup involving Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates has a new date and venue, to avoid clashing with a Springboks-Lions encounter at FNB Stadium.

The pre-season exhibition football match between the two Soweto giants has been moved to Orlando Stadium on August 1, with a 5 pm kick-off — a day after the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions lock horns at FNB Stadium.

The past eight Carling Black Label Cup clashes have been played to huge crowds at FNB Stadium.

Said the sponsor’s brand director, Arné Rust: “Although we would have loved to have champion voices in-stadia to witness the very first Carling Black Label Cup at the spectacular Orlando Stadium, we will ensure that viewers have a memorable experience from the comfort of their homes ...”

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