The Premier Soccer League has decided to appeal a decision made the disciplinary committee in a case involving National First Division side Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC.
TTM appeared in front of the DC last Friday after it was found that they had contravened the PSL Handbook rules in their match against TS Sporting in Thohoyandou on April 20. They failed to field two under-23 players in the clash.
After appearing in front of the DC, which is an independent body, the promotion hopefuls were fined R30 000, 50% suspended for 12 months and they were ordered to pay the costs of the sitting.
The PSL have referred taken the appeal directly to an arbitrator, in an effort to get the matter finalised as soon as possible, with the final round of fixtures for the season to be played this week.
PSL communications manager Lux September said: “Today the Premier Soccer League has taken a decision to take the outcome of its own disciplinary committee on appeal, in light of the urgency of the matter due to impending finalisation of the NFD fixtures and in line with provion of rule 63.1 in the handbook, the league has referred the appeal directly to an arbitrator. We will keep you up to date when this arbitration will sit, but for the meantime we will not make any further comment on this.”
Rule 63.1 in the NSL handbook says: “If the Chief Executive Officer is of the opinion that the prosecution of a complaint, protest, disciplinary matter or appeal according to the prescribed time lines will prejudice the League, he may escalate the relevant issue directly to arbitration as provided for in terms of the SAFA Statutes.”
TTM are in currently in third place on 48 points and will be hoping that they do not get any points deducted as they head into the final round of the campaign this weekend.