The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has finally ruled on the protracted case between Royal AM, Sekhukhune United and the Premier Soccer League.
For months now, Royal AM were still seeking to be declared the lawful winners of the GladAfrica Championship despite owner Shauwn Mkhize purchasing the status of Bloemfontein Celtic in August last year as another route to promotion.
Sekhukhune had initially won the lower division by a technicality and awarded three points from their game against Polokwane City, which never took place between the opponents, who breached the rules on u23 players in that league.
After exhausting their options locally via the SAFA arbitration and the High Court in South Africa, Royal AM went to CAS last year hoping the current 2021/22 season would be declared null and void if they win the case.
But the sport tribunal based in Switzerland has now ruled as follows:
- CAS has no jurisdiction to hear the appeal filed by Royal AM Football Club on 7 September 2021.
- The costs of the arbitration, to be determined and served to the parties by the CAS Court Office, shall be borne by Royal AM Football Club. Royal AM Football Club shall pay to the National Soccer League and Sekhukhune United FC a contribution of CHF 4,000 (four thousand Swiss Francs) each towards the legal fees and other expenses incurred in connection with the present arbitration procedure.
- All other Parties shall bear their own expenses.
This means the saga is finally over and Royal AM have to still pay around R127 000 of legal fees to Sekhukhune and the PSL.