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PSL: Sundowns found guilty of fielding ineligible player – set to lose a point

Wayne Arendse of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto on the 01 April 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePixMamelodi Sundowns stand to lose a point after being found guilty of unlawfully including Wayne Arendse in their squad for October’s 1-1 draw against Bidvest Wits.

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Mamelodi Sundowns could lose their position at the top of the log after the verdict on the Wayne Arendse case was delivered, The Sowetan reports.

The Tshwane giants found themselves on the wrong side of the PSL rule book when the defender was penned into the matchday squad moments before the 1-1 draw against Bidvest Wits at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 7 October 2018.

This was after Thapelo Morena was injured during the warm-up, prompting a late change to the 18 players picked for the encounter, with Arendse taking up a spot on the bench.

The shuffle saw the club being brought before the PSL disciplinary committee, and the hearing took place on Monday, 25 February.

Wayne Arendse judgment’s impact on title race

The verdict will be a massive blow in Sundowns title defence, as they stand to have the point earned in the match in question deducted, with their opponents on the day gaining two points – effectively declaring them winners of the encounter.

Depending on when the point-deduction comes into effect, the Brazilians could lose a grip on their position on the top of the log, with Wits set to equal them on points.

As things stand, the Tshwane giants top the log with 44 points, three ahead of Orlando Pirates and the Students who are tied on 41.

Sundowns could be the third club in recent years – and the second in the 2018/19 PSL season – to be set back by a points deduction.

At the start of the current campaign, AmaZulu were docked six points by Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee for failing to comply with a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the case involving Namibian player, Phineas Nambandi.

Ajax Cape Town were another club who suffered a setback after having seven points deducted for fielding Zimbabwean international Tendai Ndoro last season, after the striker had turned out for Orlando Pirates and Saudi outfit, Al Fasaily in the same campaign.

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