THANDA MATTER REFERRED TO ARBITRATION
By: Sihle Sikhakhane
The South Gauteng High Court referred the application brought by Thanda Royal Zulu to arbitration on Tuesday.
Thanda appealed the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee verdict relating to their failure to honour National First Division (FND) fixture last year.
The PSL welcomed the decision by the court as they had always been arguing the matter by saying that it could not be argued in court, but through processes available to all 32 members of the PSL as stated in the National Soccer League (NSL) rules.
The judge did not rule on the merits of the application. The court ordered that the issues be referred to arbitration or arbitrators appointed in terms of the constitution and rules of the NSL, as read with those of the South African Football Association and any instruments incorporated by reference in the constitution and rules of NSL and SAFA.
In the statement issued by PSL Head of Legal, Advocate Ntsietso Mofokeng said, “We are delighted with the outcome because we are convinced that this matter should never have been referred to court in the first place. This is a football matter. An Arbitrator(s) will be appointed to deal with the issue raised by Thanda. Today, the judge did not make any findings on the merits of the award made at the arbitration process of 29 may 2013.”
The PSL also advised that the Promotion Play-offs will continue as scheduled this week. On Thursday, 20 June 2013, Santos will host MP Black Aces at the Cape Town Stadium. Kick-off is at 19h30.