A letter has been written to the South African Football Association to request that Bloemfontein Celtic be prevented from entering the 2021/22 season, the Siya crew can reveal.
The lawyers who are representing former Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb are unhappy that the club has still not paid the Cameroonian for unlawfully terminating his contract in 2019.
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Celtic were ordered to pay Tignyemb R3 million and the club has since been hit with a transfer ban by FIFA, preventing Siwelele from signing and registering new players.
Tignyemb’s legal representatives have written to SAFA to request that Celtic be prevented from entering the new season until they pay the 36-year-old goalkeeper.
The letter reads as follows:
Petition to Withhold License To Play in the 2021/22 Season from Bloemfontein Celtic for Overdue Payables Owed Our Client Patrick Tignyemb.
We write to complain about the conduct of your affiliate club Bloemfontein Celtic and request that they not be granted a licence to play in the 2022 South African Premier League because of overdue payables owed our client Patrick Tignyemb.
According to CAF Club Licensing Regulations, in order to receive the licence, each club must fulfil all the mandatory minimum requirements set in the National Club Licensing Regulations (which must respect the minimum requirements set by CAF). If the license applicant does not fulfil any “A” criteria requirement, it cannot be granted a licence to enter the CAF inter-clubs competitions.
Bloemfontein Celtic are in contravention of Article F.03 of the CAF Club Licensing Regulations – No payables overdue towards employees and social/tax authorities. This Article is also embodied in Article 9.3.3 of the SAFA Club Licensing Regulations. In the Decision of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber passed in Zurich, Switzerland, on 22 October 2020 regarding an employment-related dispute concerning the player Patrick TIGNYEMB, a total of R3,000 000 Rand was awarded against Bloemfontein Celtic to our client’s favour. Find attached a copy of the decision.
As of today, Bloemfontein Celtic still owe our client the judgement sum of ZAR 3,000,000. The money was owed our client long before Dec 31st 2020. The FIFA decision was reached before Dec 31st 2020 and so the debt owed our client qualifies as overdue payable under the Club Licensing Regulations. At the moment Bloemfontein Celtic have been issued a transfer ban by FIFA yet they have not paid our client. Their refusal/failure to pay our client is a violation of Article F.03 of the Club Licensing Regulations and Article 9.3.3 of the SAFA Club Licensing Regulations which is an A Grade requirement and if the license applicant does not fulfil any “A” criteria requirement, it cannot be granted a license to enter for the new season.
According to 126.96.36.199 of the SAFA Club Licensing Regulations – Approved by the NEC on 18 August 2012 contained in page 7 of 24 ‘Only clubs which fulfil the criteria set in the accredited Licensor’s regulations by the relevant deadline and that have qualified on the basis of their sporting results may be granted a licence by the Licensor to enter the confederation/national clubs competitions of the coming season.’
We hereby humbly request that you investigate our petition and ensure that Bloemfontein Celtic are not registered for the next Premier League Season unless they pay our client his overdue payable in full.
Thanks for you anticipated quick action.