Royal AM warn of risk in 2021/22 PSL season kick-off


As reported earlier today, the KwaZulu-Natal-based club suffered another blow in their legal battle with the Premier Soccer League.

On Monday, Judge L. Wendell threw out AM's appeal seeking to place the league and its acting CEO Mato Madlala in contempt of court by continuing with the completed promotion/relegated playoffs.

According to AM official Richard Makhoba, today's verdict changes nothing in their continued fight to be reinstated as the GladAfrica Championship champions in hopes of turning out in the DStv Premiership this coming season.

"We wanted to declare the playoffs unlawful, we also wanted the CEO to be held liable for contempt of court and staff, and other teams that participated in the playoffs," Makhoba tells of their intentions behind the recent court defeat.

"And you can also remember, this was our secondary case, as opposed to the main case. Our main case was still the leave to appeal the Sutherland [judgement], that we are taking to the Supreme Court. 

"So, the judgement of today doesn't obviously say much, except that we are still proceeding with our Bloemfontein Supreme Court application. 

"People should not confuse the outcome as our main case to appeal the unlawful promotion of Sekhukhune to the PSL. This one was only dealing with the CEO of the League and the playoffs, full stop. 

"So, we are still of the view that our case will still proceed in that we are taking our matter to the Bloemfontein Supreme Court, where we believe it will be a last and binding legal relief sort at some point. It might be two months later, where we get heard, it might be three months later."

Makhoba further questions the PSL's decision to go ahead and issue the 2021/22 fixture list, despite the ongoing case, and warns that it might come back to bite the organisation.

"We saw that [fixtures]. I think by issuing the fixtures when there is a matter that is sub judice, it's a further contempt to say, in terms of fairness of justice, 'Let's allow the members to explore all legal avenues.' 

"And when all those avenues are exploited, then you can start with your program as a league, in terms of staging your fixtures and all that. What if they start and we win the Supreme Court case and all matches will be declared unlawful? 

"Suppose you are playing Chippa [United], you need to go there cautiously to say, 'I'm playing Chippa under protest. I'm playing Sekhukhune [United] under protest until this matter is finalised.'