With just about 48 hours remaining before a new PSL champion is crowned, current title holders Mamelodi Sundowns are still unsure about their points tally, due to a cloud hanging over them, stemming from the unlawful fielding of defender Wayne Arendse.
During a league game against Bidvest Wits in October 2018, the defender was penned in as a late addition to the team sheet after he had been originally left out of the matchday squad.
According to the PSL’s rule book, the move was unlawful, prompting the league to take action against both club and player, with fines of R250 000 and R50 000 handed to the two parties respectively.
Wayne Arendse hearing set to derail Sundowns title charge
However, the PSL has gone on to appeal the sanctions issued out by the disciplinary committee, requesting that Sundowns’ opponents on the day be awarded a 3-0 victory, which could reshape the title race at a crucial stage.
The defending champions are two points clear at the top of the table ahead of second-placed Orlando Pirates, while the possible three-point haul, pending the hearing, could see Wits drawing level with the Buccaneers and back into the title race.
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However, according to Sundowns’ general manager Yogesh Singh, the club has written to the league in an effort to figure out how the decision to appeal the matter came to be.
“We sent a letter last night (Wednesday) and we are yet to receive a response, but just now got a letter from Safa saying we must choose anbetween arbitrator,” he is quoted by KickOff.
Both Mamelodi Sundowns and the PSL have been tasked to pick an arbitrator and, failing which, Safa will appoint one.
According to The Sowetan, Safa has handed the two parties three names to choose from, expecting them to hand in their submissions by Thursday afternoon so that the matter can be heard on Friday.
Sundowns travel to Bethlehem for their final game of the season against Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday.