PSL exco reponds to DC ruling

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After the sitting of the Premier Soccer League Executive Committee, the organization has released a statement to shed more light on the matter.

The PSL DC ruled that Sekhukhune United should be awarded three points for their match against Polokwane City,  where Rise and Shine fielded four U23 players instead of five.

In a lengthy statement the PSL revealed that they are aware of the uncertainty and they look to apply the rules from the PSL handbook.

“On 19 May 2021, a ruling was handed down in the arbitration between Sekhukhune United Football Club and Polokwane City Football Club. The arbitration ruling has created uncertainty in relation to the discretion afforded to the PSL Disciplinary Committee to determine an appropriate sanction for acts of misconduct in each case.

“It has always been the position that the PSL Disciplinary Committee is required to consider the range of sanctions available for acts of misconduct and then exercise a discretion as to what the appropriate sanction should be in each case,” said the statement.

“An urgent special meeting of the Executive Committee of the PSL was convened to consider the matter. It is the view of the League that it is not correct, as the arbitration ruling holds, that the PSL Disciplinary Code is silent and that the Disciplinary Committee had to impose a mandatory sanction under the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Code may only be reverted to when the PSL Handbook is silent on an issue. In this particular case, the PSL Handbook is not silent and provides the Disciplinary Committee with the discretion to consider a range of sanctions,” continued the statement.

“The PSL is aware of the confusion that has been created as a result of the arbitration award. The PSL is in the process of considering several options and has been in communication with all Member Clubs in this regard.

“We confirm that the final matches taking place this weekend will proceed as planned,” concluded PSL statement.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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