Fri. May 29th, 2020

Sundowns vs PSL: League to pursue appeal over Arendse saga

Pitso Mosimane, Coach of Mamelodi Sundowns FC during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Maritzburg United and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Harry Gwala Stadium, KwaZulu Natal on 12 September 2019 ©Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePixMamelodi Sundowns were given a fine as punishment for fielding a player not named on their team sheet last October.

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The Premier Soccer League are understood to be considering appealing a decision made by their own independent disciplinary committee in judgement against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Sundowns were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player and on Monday of this week, were slapped with a fine of R250 000 fifty percent of which has been suspended. The player himself, Wayne Arendse, was given a nominal R50 000 fine that was entirely suspended.

The League are reportedly not satisfied with the punishment given that PSL prosecutor Nande Becker had suggested Downs be forced to forfeit their fixture against Wits 3-0. Sundowns and Wits drew 1-1. The disciplinary committee chose not to dock any points for the title chasing Sundowns.

Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane feels that he has made enemies within the PSL organization. Mosimane said that the protracted proceedings have effected him and his players. A league title this season would make Mosimane the most successful coach in PSL history but he says the Arendse saga has sucked the joy out of the campaign.

“It is good that this has now been sorted, maybe Sundowns will make a statement later. At least everything is clear now,” Mosimane told journalists.

“I am not happy with how our programme has gone, and it has disturbed me. It has sent perceptions and there were allegations. I have made enemies I know, but it is football, it is my life. I want to win, nothing else. This has disturbed the players. For me, I don’t have that spirit to want to win the league. I don’t think it went very well this year – that is my opinion, and I have said it before.”

The committee had taken nearly six months to sentence Downs leaving them uncertain how many points they really have in the title race. Mosimane was relieved at the decision, but is not expected to take the news of a PSL appeal very well at all.

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