There seems to be no end to the drama around the end of season promotional/relegation play-offs, with the Premier Soccer League releasing a statement after yet another delay.
Chippa United and Richards Bay were due to kickstart the play-offs on Thursday, June 17, but there's been another delay, due to a dispute between Royal AM and the Premier Soccer League.
Royal AM were of the insistence that the PSL should abide by the order handed down by judge Nyathi AJ of the Gauteng High Court for the play-offs to be called off. The order was given on Monday night.
An ultimatum had been given to the PSL by the GladAfrica Championship side to have the play-offs suspended by Thursday, via a court interdict.
The League issued the following statement:
"A legal dispute has arisen between Royal AM and the League as to whether the order granted by Nyathi AJ has been suspended as a result of the the filing by the League of an application for the league to appeal Nyathi AJ's order.
The League contends that the order has been suspended, while Royal AM contends that it has not. In the circumstances, the League has elected to:
- Postpone the start of the play-offs
- Seek the urgent intervention of the High Court
Unfortunately that means that Richards Bay Football Club and Chippa United Football Club will not be able to play their scheduled match today. The risks of the completion of the season are obvious but in view of the dispute the League has elected to act with an abundance of caution even in extremely trying circumstances for all Member Clubs, their players, and those affected in this matter."