League meets today on First Division play-offs

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United chairman Farouk Kadodia received a fax from the PSL yesterday (Wednesday) evening saying the play-off final has been suspended.

This follows yesterday’s finding by the League’s DC that Azziz Kara and his club, FC AK, were guilty of corruption and bribery.

Kara received a 30-year ban from football and the club was relegated to the Vodacom league.

Kara and FC AK have seven business days to appeal their sentence and guilty verdict, or the matter can go to arbitration within 72 hours. This means the earliest the first leg of the play-off is likely to be played is on May 17.

The management committee of the PSL met last night to discuss the way forward now for the play-off final, with the likelihood that second-placed Inland Stream team Dynamos will be United’s opponents.

The committee will make a recommendation to the league’s national executive committee, which meets today.

United were to play FC AK in Johannesburg on Saturday in the first leg of the play-off final, and the second leg was at Harry Gwala Stadium next Saturday.

Kadodia said last night the club is still hopeful of being promoted straight to the PSL by default.

“FC AK never had points deducted, they were booted straight out of the league, so why should the second-placed team take their place in the final,” the United chairman reasoned.

United coach Ian Palmer, meanwhile, faces a difficult task keeping his players match sharp for the delayed final. The team hit a peak at the end of the season, winning their last four matches to run out Coastal Stream victors.