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New Twist In Downs/Arendse Saga?

The Premier Soccer League is believed to be contemplating appealing the sanction handed down by it’s own independent disciplinary committee to Mamelodi Sundowns on Monday, the Siya crew has learnt. 

Downs were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in defender Wayne Arendse during their Absa Premiership clash against Bidvest Wits on October 7, and have subsequently been slapped with a R250 000 fine – half of the amount suspended provided the club isn’t found guilty of a similar offence within a year. Arendse was ordered to pay R50 000, which was wholly suspended.

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But it is understood the PSL isn’t prepared to accept the sentence delivered by the disciplinary committee and is considering appealing directly to an arbitrator. The process would have to go via the South African Football Association as the motherbody, but there has been no confirmation of the formal process having taken place as yet. The league has also not confirmed Monday’s sanction to the media by the way of a press release, as is usually the case with such outcomes.

Downs officials are bracing themselves for a fight, especially after PSL prosecutor Nande Becker – in his heads of arguments during the hearing – had recommended that the club forfeit their match against Wits by a 3-0 scoreline and Arendse be handed a two-match suspension.

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Sundowns argued that match commissioner Mark Lindon gave them the green light to change their team sheet 15 minutes before kick-off, though this was a violation of Article 16.3.2 of the NSL handbook. Attempts to get comment from the PSL were unsuccessful at the time of going to print. 

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