Chiefs have expressed interest in appealing the PSL's decision to fine them for skipping December fixtures.
HOW DID THE STORY GET STARTED?
After stating that 31 members of the club's day-to-day operations at its Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena had tested positive for Covid-19, Chiefs requested that the PSL postpone their next five league games.
The league then failed to respond to the Chiefs' appeal, prompting the day's opponents, Cape Town City, to travel all the way to Johannesburg in the hopes of gaining three points as a result of the Chiefs' absence.
City would then arrive at a closed FNB Stadium, missing not only the Chiefs but also the broadcasters. Amakhosi would subsequently fail to show up for their next match, which is an away match against Golden Arrows. The team is thought to have gathered a squad to travel to Durban for the match against Abafana besthende, but that more instances from the same group would appear at the airport, causing them to postpone their trip.
THE CHIEFS HONOURED THEIR REMAINING FIXTURES AFTER THAT.
As the matter dragged on behind the scenes, the Chiefs eventually returned to action to complete their final three December matchups. Now, according to the latest PSL press release, Amakhosi has had their request for the case to be postponed granted, and a new date for the matter to be heard has been established.
"What follows is an update relative to the Kaizer Chiefs disciplinary matter, which was enrolled for hearing at 16h00 today," the PSL said.
I can confirm that the case went to the PSL DC, where Kaizer Chiefs requested that the DC be stayed pending the outcome of their urgent referral of their disagreement to arbitration under the SAFA hospices.
We agreed that the case should and could be postponed, but that timetables be established so that it does not slide between the cracks. It was also agreed that this situation needed to be resolved as soon as possible, before the league ended. With that acquiescence, the DC was more inclined to allow Kaizer Chiefs' request for the proceedings to be put on hold until their SAFA arbitration was completed. The hearing was then rescheduled for February 25th at 16h00, at which time the case will be heard.
Of course, depending on the conclusion of the arbitration, the case may or may not continue in its current shape. We should not anticipate the outcome, whatever it may be. Should the arbitration be completed before then, the prosecutor was asked to inform the DC members of the next steps to take, keeping in mind that no one knows what the decision of the arbitration will be at this time." Majavu issued a statement.
It's now up to Chiefs and the PSL to find an agreement on the 25th of February to put this drama to rest once and for all.
BREAKING: BIG update on the PSL and Kaizer Chiefs saga! https://www.thesouthafrican.com/sport/soccer/psl-south-africa/breaking-big-update-on-the-psl-and-kaizer-chiefs-saga
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