Premier Soccer League acting CEO Mato Madlala has admitted that the league has had its challenges regarding disciplinary cases.
Referring to the matter involving Royal AM, Polokwane City and Sekhukhune United, the Golden Arrows FC president told reporters after the EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda’s Gala Dinner in Durban ICC on Friday, that they are looking to do better.
This follows the case where Polokwane City were docked three points for failing to register five U23 players for their match against Sekhukhune United, in the GladAfrica Championship as per PSL handbook rules.
The issue affected Royal AM as they finished on top position of the GladAfrica Championship, before the case was resolved, only to be overtaken by Sekhukhune after the award of the three points to the latter by the arbitrator.
Madlala revealed that as the PSL they need to improve on resolving those cases in the future.
“Even in court, there are processes and delays because some ask for postponement of cases, everyone has a right to do that,” she said.
“There are steps that need to be taken after a charge sheet has been released by the PSL DC, however we know and we agree that we need to improve in that department.
“But you need to understand that the judiciary is independent from the league, to avoid any influence from anybody.
“We are aware that we need to reinforce the DC and increase their budget, so that they can solve their cases quickly.
“We can’t be embarrassed every season, because of delayed cases. It’s a point that we’ve noted and we look to improve on it,” said Madlala.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter