Irvin Khoza, the chairman of the Premier Soccer League, disclosed various reasons for the continuous delay in deciding the current Kaizer Chiefs dilemma, which has resulted from the postponement of the club's games due to the Covid-19 incident on Wednesday.
The soccer governing body had turned down the Chiefs' plea to postpone their December games on December 20, 2021, after receiving reports of 36 positive Covid-19 instances.
Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung said in a club statement on Monday that "sanity and logic will triumph" and hinted at the possibility of contesting the league's decision.
Khoza provided an update on the continuing process of reaching a final verdict on the case during a news conference on Wednesday.
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"There's a lot of discussion about whether this Kaizer Chiefs situation has taken too long," Khoza remarked.
"This process took much too long because of the complexities surrounding the subject matter, which demanded the collection of facts in order for us to be able to build a method.
"The Premier League fixtures have an impact on a large number of individuals and stakeholders, and if a fixture is not met, there must be consistency in how such things are handled.
"The PSL is also a member organization with its own set of regulations, but in the event of a dispute, the PSL must take the initiative and resolve the situation.
"When dealing with a situation, we must accommodate the members and refrain from applying the regulations in a harsh manner.
"When we got the request to postpone some games, it was a subject that was handled by the football department, not the executive committee, because they were the ones with the power.
"According to the compliance handbook, the football department is the only one who has the power to make changes to the schedule. After doing so, we convened a meeting on December 3rd to discuss the problem after Chiefs wrote to us on December 2nd to request that we review the December fixtures."
Khoza went into additional depth about the present condition of the dispute between the Chiefs and the league, which is still seeking a final verdict.
"Initially, we turned the Chiefs' request, and the subject is currently being handled by the appropriate legal offices.
"We all know that every administrative judgment is subject to scrutiny, and I've heard via the media that there may be complications in the future with appeals and other matters of the same nature.
"As a result, it is difficult for me to discuss the specifics since, while the process is still in progress, it is only fair that I withhold information to allow the process to come to a successful end as quickly as possible.
"We did it in the case of the Sekhukhune United and Royal AM decision due to media pressure, but we are unable to provide a running commentary on a continuing situation."
The league is scheduled to resume play on 15 February after taking a break for the holidays during the month of December.
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