Royal AM have suffered a fresh new blow in their attempts to gain promotion to the DStv Premiership, the Siya crew can reveal.
The KwaZulu-Natal club made an urgent application to the Gauteng High Court accusing the NSL (the Premier Soccer League’s trading name) of being in “contempt” of an order halting the promotion and relegation play-offs last month.
Shauwn Mkhize, the Royal AM boss, wants her club to be crowned as GladAfrica Championship winners and automatically gain promotion to the top-flight ahead of the 2021/22 season instead of Sekhukhune United.
It’s a saga that has dragged on for months since advocate Hilton Epstein ruled that Sekhukhune would be given three points from their game against Polokwane City in January, which was played under protest because City had breached the NSL rule regarding the use of u23 players.
But Royal AM did not take that lying down, arguing that Sekhukhune gained promotion via the back door and Mkhize vowing to litigate the matter to the High Court for as long as she can – she wants her club in the DStv Premiership!
They had initially finished in first place on the last day of the season in May, though Epstein had already made his ruling.
Mkhize instructed her team not to honour all of their play-off matches, which was an embarrassment to the league, with her lawyers insisting the PSL were wrong to go ahead with the games.
Royal AM demanded Mato Madlala, the acting league CEO, be specifically held in contempt of the court order that had initially halted the matches.
On Monday, Judge L Windell dismissed the latest application with costs, arguing it had no merit.
And it's also been reported that the PSL has charged Royal AM with bringing the league into disrepute.
Story by @superjourno
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