Royal AM and Sekhukhune stuck in Premier Soccer League disciplinary processes
It has been put to the league that the incident that has led to this whole saga with Royal AM and Sekhukhune should have been resolved much earlier.
In the past, the speed at which the Premier Soccer League (PSL) dealt with some cases has seen them come in for criticism. The ongoing controversy around the GladAfrica Championship promotion status has seen questions being asked about why the case took so long to arrive before the PSL disciplinary committee .
In recent years, the PSL has set a bad precedent when it comes to the resolution of such cases. Many high-profile cases have dragged on for much longer than they should have, merely because the turnaround between the time of the alleged offence and the verdict is lengthy.
Some of these verdicts have come towards the culmination of the season, and have left many clubs disgruntled and questioning the timing of certain rulings.
The Royal AM case is the latest
Nande Becker, the PSL’s prosecutor, is responsible for drawing up charge sheets for teams alleged to have transgressed the league’s laws.
“I have the final say in respect to which member clubs, member club officials or players should be prosecuted in terms of the PSL, for misconduct,” Becker told DM168.
Becker says he is currently working on compiling a charge sheet for Royal AM after the Durban-based side failed to honour any of their four fixtures in the PSL’s promotion/relegation playoffs.
According to Royal AM, the playoffs were interdicted by acting judge Justice Nyathi and were not supposed to proceed.
The league contends that the interdict was in place purely to allow Gauteng deputy judge president Roland Sutherland to hear the appeal plea from Royal AM. The club had sought leave to appeal Sutherland’s ruling, which declared Sekhukhune United GladAfrica Championship champions, at the expense of Royal AM.