Herentals expelled

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Nigel Matongorere
SPORTS EDITOR
matongoreren@dailynews.co.zw

©️ THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) has expelled Herentals from top flight football after the club approached the High Court at the height of their match-fixing scandal last year.

This comes as the Students had recently won an appeal against their relegation from the top flight league when the Zifa Appeals Board quashed their guilty verdict last Friday.

Herentals were charged by the league for attempting to influence the outcome of their game against Black Rhinos on October 19, 2019.

Herentals, who were fighting relegation, went on to win the game 3-0 courtesy of a Blessing Majarira first half hat-trick at the National Sports stadium.

However, shortly after the game Rhinos sacked their team manager Gift Kamuriwo after he admitted he had accepted US$600 from his Herentals counterpart Oliver Chirenga to throw the game.

After Herentals received summons to appear before the PSL disciplinary committee, the club approached the High Court in direct violation of football statutes.

Football matters must not spill into the courts of law as the game has relevant bodies to deal with legal matters right up to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

“The club was charged with breaching the PSL Rules and Regulations Order 31 which states that it is an act of misconduct on the part of the club…

“The club (Herentals) pleaded guilty to the offence and the PSL disciplinary committee noted that the club had not withdrawn the matter from the courts.

“The PSL expelled Herentals FC from the PSL for taking football matters to court.

“In addition, the club has been fined $100 000 together with the costs of the hearing. The fine should be paid by March 31, 2020,” PSL spokesperson Kudzai Bare said in a statement yesterday.

Order 31 of the PSL Rules and Regulations states that: “It fails to comply with or contravenes any provisions of the Constitution and these orders, the Zifa Constitution and Rules of the Association, the Caf Statutes and the Fifa Statutes as well as the laws of the game.”

The Students’ cardinal sin was when they breached Article 53.1 of the PSL Statutes which states that: “PSL, its members, players, officials and match and players’ agents will not take any dispute to ordinary courts unless specifically provided for in these statutes and Fifa regulations. Any disagreement shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of PSL, Zifa, Caf and Fifa.”

 

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