An independent Arbitrator has ruled in favour of the South African Football Association (SAFA) in the case of disgruntled ABC Motsepe League clubs who wanted the national play-offs to be halted.
Some of the clubs have challenged SAFA NEC’s decision to declare the 2019/2020 ABC Motsepe League in all nine Provinces as final and according to the existing log standings.
The decision meant that the nine Provincial teams’ currently occupying position number one, will proceed to the National Playoffs.
But the challenge by the clubs was dismissed on Wednesday and the playoffs will go ahead as scheduled.
“We respect this outcome and hope the clubs do likewise in the spirit of moving forward,’’ said SAFA CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe.
“The request by those clubs, that took the Association to Arbitration, has been dismissed because they failed to follow proper procedures. The ruling shows the Association is transparent when it makes its decisions. We allow individuals to exercise their rights to challenge any decision that they do not agree with,’’ added Advocate Motlanthe.
“In terms of our procedures and regulations, the Arbitration is the final resort, so we consider this matter closed and we are looking forward to an exciting national play offs tournament this coming week,’’ he said.
The national play-offs that will run from 9-14 November at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in Gauteng.
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By Ofhani Munyai