The Premier Soccer League have confirmed that the promotion/relegation playoffs will continue as scheduled.
News broke earlier today that Ajax Cape Town have been found guilty of fielding Tendai Ndoro and have subsequently been automatically relegated after being docked nine points and finishing below Platinum Stars, who now hold the playoff spot.
The Urban Warriors have revealed that the club will seek to interdict the playoffs from commencing after filing papers to the Johannesburg High Court.
‘This will be sought pending an urgent review of the arbitrator’s award this morning,’ said the club.
The PSL, however, revealed in a statement that they plan to continue as scheduled.
The statement reads as follows:
‘The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has received the award in the arbitration proceedings concerning Ajax Cape Town and Mr Tendai Ndoro from Arbitrator, Advocate W. Mokhari SC.
Ajax Cape Town FC was charged with five charges of misconduct arising from the club fielding Mr Ndoro in various matches. The Arbitrator also heard an appeal by Polokwane City FC against the fielding of Mr Ndoro in their match as well as a protest by SuperSport United.
The Arbitrator today ruled that Ajax Cape Town were guilty of breaching Safa and Fifa regulations relating to their fielding of Mr Ndoro. Polokwane City’s appeal and SuperSport United’s protest were also upheld.
Adv. Mokhari SC awarded the matches played by Ajax Cape Town against Platinum Stars, Polokwane City and SuperSport United to those clubs with a 3-0 scoreline. In addition, Ajax Cape Town were fined a total of R350,000.00.
Mr Ndoro was sentenced to a two-match suspension for his misconduct. Ajax Cape Town was ordered to pay the costs (including the costs of senior counsel) of the other parties involved in the arbitration.
Platinum Stars Football Club will, therefore, participate in the promotion playoffs as envisaged in the NSL Handbook read with the Playoff Rules on the dates.
For clarity purposes, the scheduled fixture in Thohoyandou tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 May 2018 – 3pm) between Black Leopards and (now) Platinum Stars will go ahead.’