FILE Royal AM FC players celebrate their win during the GladAfrica Championship against Cape Town All Stars. Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo via BackpagePix
FILE Royal AM FC players celebrate their win during the GladAfrica Championship against Cape Town All Stars. Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo via BackpagePix

PSL promotion/relegation soap opera continues, Royal AM plunge PSL play-offs in to turmoil

By Herman Gibbs Time of article published Jun 14, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - Desperate Royal AM have plumbed the depths of despair to find a way of securing automatic promotion to the Premiership after the PSL on Saturday acted on a High Court ruling favouring Sekhukhune United.

On Saturday, Judge Roland Sutherland dismissed an application by Polokwane City to overturn Advocate Hilton Epstein's ruling, which awarded Sekhukhune three points, which enabled them to win the National First Division (NFD) GladAfrica Championship. As NFD winners, they gained automatic promotion.

It remains a mystery why Polokwane resorted to court action when the outcome had no bearing on their final log position at the end of the season.

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The three points awarded to Sekhukhune were from their January match against Polokwane you were found guilty of breaking the rule about the fielding of Under-23 players.

Royal AM are approaching the Supreme Court of Appeal today to challenge the ruling and there is doubt that the PSL promotion/relegation matches will start on Tuesday.

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It is unlikely that the Supreme Court will entertain Royal AM's appeal today. Royal AM have yet to decide if they will play tomorrow's play-off match. However, after Saturday’s ruling Royal AM are obliged to play the play-offs along with Chippa United and Richards Bay.

South Africa's football mother body, the South African Football Association (SAFA), has accepted the ruling by the Gauteng Deputy Judge President, Roland Sutherland who found the arbitration ruling by advocates Hilton Epstein and Nazeer Cassim to be in order.

‘’As far as the Association is concerned, we are happy with the outcome,’’ said SAFA CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe.

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