Golden Arrows Unhappy With Premier Soccer League’s Ruling, Will Appeal Matter Despite Escaping Point Deduction
- Golden Arrows will appeal the ruling made by the Premier Soccer League's Disciplinary Committee
- The club were handed a formal reprimand and ordered to pay the legal costs of the committee's sittings
- Prosecutor, Zola Majavu, confirmed that Golden Arrows had appealed the ruling and that he would make a decision on the way forward
Golden Arrows may have escaped a point deduction by the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) Disciplinary Committee but they are still planning to appeal the ruling.
Golden Arrows were recently charged by the Disciplinary Committee for playing Simo Mbhele in fixtures, despite the player not being properly registered to play.
The Disciplinary Committee found that the club were not guilty of dishonest conduct and therefore chose not to impose a point deduction against them, KickOff reported.
They were handed a formal reprimand, though, and were ordered to pay the legal costs of the two sittings of the committee.
Golden Arrows are now appealing that decision, with PSL prosecutor, Zola Majavu, adding that he had not yet decided how he would handle the appeal. Majavu added that there was still a possibility he would file a cross-appeal against the club.
Golden Arrows will appeal the ruling because they believe they did nothing wrong
Golden Arrows are still adamant that they did nothing wrong and according to Soccer Laduma, a blunder by the South African Football Association (SAFA), could be to blame.
According to the publication, Golden Arrows had asked SAFA if an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) was issued outside of South Africa for the player. Any player plying their trade at an overseas club needs to have an ITC to play. Golden Arrows were assured that no other club outside of South Africa had been given the player’s ITC.
It was only after he played for the team a few times that SAFA picked up that a Portuguese club was issued with the player’s ITC. Golden Arrows then pulled the player from the squad but were still charged by the PSL.
Golden Arrows escape punishment from Premier Soccer League, won't be docked points for fielding Simo Mbhele
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that DStv Premiership side, Golden Arrows, have escaped further punishment from the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) Disciplinary Committee over the Simo Mbhele saga.
Golden Arrows were originally found guilty of fielding the player without him being properly registered to play in the PSL. As Sowetan LIVE reported, Mbhele had previously played in Portugal and therefore did not have international clearance to play in South Africa.
Golden Arrows as a result faced the possibility that they would be docked points for the games in which they earned points while fielding Mbhele. The PSL’s Disciplinary Committee, however, found that "it would be inappropriate to deduct the points and the club.
Source: Sports Brief News