Golden Arrows in Big Trouble, Could Be Docked 9 Points for Improper Player Registration

Golden Arrows in Big Trouble, Could Be Docked 9 Points for Improper Player Registration

  • Golden Arrows season could take an ugly turn after after they fell foul of Premier Soccer League regulations
  • The Kwazulu-Natal-based side was found guilty by the PSL's disciplinary committee for the improper registration of midfielder Simo Mbhele
  • Abafana Bes'thende face the horrible prospect of being docked nine painful points, which could plunge them squarely into the relegation zone of the DStv Premiership

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) Disciplinary Committee have found Golden Arrows guilty of improper registration of a player.

The case relates to midfielder Simo Mbhele, who was not given international clearance by the fourth-tier Portuguese outfit Sociedade Uniao Dezembro before returning to Arrows.

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Golden Arrows last weekend before a Nedbank Cup clash against TTM in Limpopo. Image source: @goldenarrowsfc1/Twitter
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As reported by Sport24, Abafana Bes'thende are now likely to be docked nine points, which is the number of points they accumulated in the six matches Mbhele took to the field.

That would see Lehlohonolo Seema's fall from tenth into the relegation zone as things stand.

Although PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu did confirm that the Lamontville-based side did not knowingly field the ineligible Mbhele, they would still be held culpable for the 23-year-old's improper registration.

"With regards to the allegations of dishonesty in pertaining to how Simo Mbhele's registration was procured, the PSL DC has found Golden Arrows and Simo Mbhele not guilty," Majavu said.

"However, the DC deemed the actual registration of Mbhele to be improper and therefore both Golden Arrows and Simo Mbhele were found guilty and will be sanctioned appropriately on the 15th of February," explained Majavu.

Majavu recently took over from Nande Becker as the new PSL prosecutor.

AmaZulu mentor Benni McCarthy fined R200k for rubbishing ref's decision making

The coffers at AmaZulu were tapped into after the club's mentor Benni McCarthy was fined R200 000 following his criticism of the performance of referees following a DStv Premiership encounter.

As reported on Sports Brief, a Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee made the determination at a hearing, citing McCarthy's utterances were made during a post-match interview.

TimesLIVE reported that of the amount, R150 000 has been suspended for 24 months. McCarthy said referee Thando Ndzandzeka's performance was "shameful" after a 10-man AmaZulu played a nil-all draw against SuperSport United at Kings Park in Durban on Tuesday, 14 September.