Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
. . . it’s no longer football – Students
HERENTALS have described the decision by the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee to kick them out of the top-flight as premeditated and a clear ambush.
PSL announced yesterday that The Students have been expelled from the league for breaching the rules of the game by taking football matters to court.
Herentals approached the High Court claiming they were allegedly denied right to legal representation when they appeared before a PSL Disciplinary Committee in November last year.
The ruling came barely a week after Herentals successfully won their appeal at Zifa against another expulsion by the PSL.
And speaking to H-Metro yesterday, Herentals secretary general Fainos Madhumbu said ‘it’s no longer football.’
Madhumbu said they did not approach the court on match fixing allegations but rather the denial of legal representation by PSL, then.
“Our appeal at the High Court was very clear. We were contesting of being denied legal representation and not the match fixing allegations, it’s clear and anyone can check on that.
“So it’s clear that this is no longer football but a planned thing, sort of an ambush. You can tell the way we were kicked out of the AGM,” said Madhumbu.
He said they learnt of the ruling through the media and it only came out after they requested an invoice to register for the 2020 Premiership season.
“We only learnt of the news through the media and surprisingly this came just after we requested for an invoice to register for the upcoming season. They told us that their bosses were not around and the next thing was this ruling. It’s a planned thing,” he added.
Madhumbu said they are appealing but their future looks bleak since there is also a pending match fixing case by Bulawayo Chiefs.
“They are saying we did not withdraw the case from the court which I think it’s just administrative. We wrote to our lawyer two weeks ago on that action.
“We will not quit because if do so football will lose. There are also those Bulawayo Chiefs allegations and the ruling is not out which we think is deliberate,” he said.
In their ruling, PSL said Herentals pleaded guilty to taking football related issues to court and noted that they had not withdrawn the case.
They were also fined ZWL $100 000 payable end of this month.
“The club pleaded guilty to the offence and the PSL disciplinary committee noted that the club had not withdrawn the matter from the courts. The PSL disciplinary committee expelled Herentals from Premier Soccer League for taking football matters to court.
“In addition, the club has been fined One hundred thousand dollars (ZWL $100 000) together with the costs of the hearing. The fine should be paid by 31 March 2020,” said PSL in a statement.
Also read the statement: “The club was charged for breaching the Premier Soccer League rules and regulations order 31 which states that it is an act of misconduct on the part of the club where: 31.1.5 It fails to comply with or contravenes any provisions of the constitution and these orders, the ZIFA constitution and rules of the association, the CAF statutes and the Fifa statutes as well as the laws of the game. 31.1.21 It, inclusive of its officials, players, servants, or duly authorised (expressed or implied) representatives or supporters commits any act or makes any statement, either orally or in writing, or has been responsible for conduct which is considered ungentlemanly, insulting or improper behaviour or likely to bring the game, sponsors, any member, the league, ZIFA, CAF, or Fifa into disrepute.
“The club also breached Article 53.1 of the PSL statutes which states that: PSSL, its members, players, officials and match and player’s agents will not take any dispute to ordinary courts unless specifically provided for in these statutes and Fifa regulations. Any disagreement shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of PSL, ZIFA, CAF, and FIFA.”