GUIDELINES | The PSL rules Kaizer Chiefs broke, faces stiff punishment

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Here is an in-depth guideline of the PSL rules that Kaizer Chiefs broke and the punishment the club faces by failing to honour a DStv Premiership fixture.

The Citizens confirmed that it had followed all the necessary matchday protocols as they honoured the fixture by arriving the required 90 minutes before kick-off.

2020/21: Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United, 16 go
2020/21: Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United, 16 goals) – still at SuperSport United
2019/20: Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park) & Gabadi
2019/20: Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park) & Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates, 16 goals each) – Shaulile is now at Mamelodi Sundowns while Mhango is still with Pirates
2018/19: Mwape Musonda (Black Leopards, 16 goals)
2018/19: Mwape Musonda (Black Leopards, 16 goals) – now at Swallows FC
2017/18: Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns) & Rodney Ra
2017/18: Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns) & Rodney Ramagalela (Polokwane City, 11 goals each) – Tau is now at Al Ahly while Ramagalela is at Chippa United
2016/17: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City, 13 goal
2016/17: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City, 13 goals) – now at Kaizer Chiefs
2015/16: Collins Mbesuma (Mpumalanga Black Aces, 1
2015/16: Collins Mbesuma (Mpumalanga Black Aces, 14 goals) – now at Pretoria Callies
2014/15: Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars, 14 goa
2014/15: Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars, 14 goals) – back at Free State Stars
2013/14: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs, 10 goals)
2013/14: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs, 10 goals) – still at Kaizer Chiefs
2012/13: Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows, 13 goal
2012/13: Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows, 13 goals) – retired, most recently "assisting" at Tshwane South College
2011/12: Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows, 20 g
2011/12: Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows, 20 goals) – retired, assistant coach at AmaZulu
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Scroll through the gallery to see where the last 10 winners of the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award are now

Kaizer Chiefs though were a no-show with the stadium doors sensationally shut with the away side denied entry.

Amakhosi documented two statements in first requesting a postponement of their December fixtures by the PSL. While also categorically stating that it would be unable to host Saturday's fixture due to a wave of positive Covid-19 cases.

The club announced that a minimum of 31 club personnel and staff had tested positive for Covid-19 that forced the closure of its Naturena training base.

Below is the full PSL Handbook guidelines after failing to honour Saturday's league clash, the club faces a stiff punishment.

9.2. The home club is responsible for staging every match in compliance with the NSL Handbook and all applicable legislation.?

9.4. In extraordinary circumstances, the league may postpone a match at any time prior to the start of the match.?

9.5. Fixtures may be changed by the league, provided that proper notification of the rescheduled fixture is given to the participating member clubs in terms of this rule.?

9.6. Member clubs will be notified by the league of all fixtures and fixture changes in writing no later than 120 hours prior to kick-off of the match, except that, in the following circumstances, the notice period may be shorter at the discretion of the league:?

9.6.1. Where the league and both member clubs participating in the match agree to a shorter notice period;?

9.6.2. Where a match is abandoned by the referee whether the match had commenced or not;?

9.6.3. Where a match is postponed by the league in terms of rule 9.4; or

?9.6.4. In circumstances considered extraordinary by the chief executive officer.?

9.7. A member club seeking approval for a fixture change must submit a written request for the fixture change to the league at least 10 days prior to the match in question on the prescribed form issued by the league, accompanied by all the supporting documents required. The league has the discretion to grant or refuse the request.???

This is a directive of the executive committee of the league issued pursuant to rule 18.1 of the NSL Handbook. It talks about compliance and directives.?The health protocol manual is consequently mandatory and binding and will remain so until withdrawn or amended by the executive committee.?Under “action plan for Covid-19-positive cases", Appendix C states that:

• All close contacts to self-isolate/quarantine from last exposure depending on risk. Contact list to be shared with lab and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases for track-and-trace and testing. Those who have had close contact must follow isolation protocols for 10 days. Other contacts are to be monitored and tested if symptomatic.

• Close contact means no masks, contact for longer than 15 minutes (collectively) and contact that happened indoors.

Kaizer Chiefs have instructed all of their players, members of the technical team and staff who are deemed primary contacts to quarantine as per official protocols.

The PSL set a precedent last season after punishing two clubs for similar Covid-19 related offences.

GladAfrica Championship outfit Rise and shine were deducted three points by the PSL Disciplinary Committee for failing to adhere to the league's rules of including five Under-23 players in their squad.

The DC failed to take into account Polokwane's depleted squad due to positive Covid-19 cases. The club was also handed an R100 000 suspended fine.

Similarly, fellow second division outfit Cape Umoya were also docked points for failing to honour their fixture after being ravaged by Covid-19 cases.

Royal AM - docked points, fine

In a controversial promotion battle that still rambles on, Royal AM was docked points and fined heavily for failing to honour the PSL's promotion playoffs last season.

"Royal AM was fined the maximum fine in terms of the NSL Rules, being R1m per match (total R4m) with R700 000 of each fine (total R2.8m) suspended for two years on condition that during the period of suspension it did not fail to honour any NSL fixtures.

"The club was further sanctioned with a deduction of three points for each game not played (12 points in total) for the current season. This deduction was also suspended for one year on condition that during the period of suspension it did not fail to honour any NSL fixtures."

Kaizer Chiefs could now similarly be fined for a fee starting from R100 000 to a huge R1 million depending on the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.