Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Day as Ajax appear in court to challenge guilty verdict

Day as Ajax appear in court to challenge guilty verdict

Mokhari forfeited three matches - wins against Platinum Stars and SuperSport United‚ and a draw against Polokwane City - in favour of Ajax's opponents as he ruled that the club was the third Ndoro had played for this season‚ in contravention of Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations.

Ndoro has been suspended for two matches, but the docked points mean Ajax‚ who finished the 2017/18 PSL season in 15th place with 31 points from 30 matches‚ have dropped down to the 16th spot‚ which is the automatic relegation position.

Ndoro has represented three clubs this season, including Orlando Pirates, Saudi Arabian side Al Faisaly and Ajax Cape Town, which is against football governing body FIFA's rules. "The club is in the process of preparing papers to be filed urgently before the High Court in Johannesburg for the matter to be heard tomorrow (today) morning at 10am, " the club said on Twitter.

Ajax will now seek an urgent court interdict to stop the relegation/promotion playoffs from taking place. "The Premier Soccer League has received the award in the arbitration proceedings concerning Ajax Cape Town and Mr Tendai Ndoro from Arbitrator, Advocate W. Mokhari SC. "Ajax Cape Town FC was charged with five charges of misconduct arising from the club fielding Mr. Ndoro in various matches".

Polokwane City's appeal and Supersport United's Protest were also upheld.

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But the PSL's own disciplinary structures did not find Ajax guilty and an appeal against the decision delivered an inconclusive verdict.

Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town released a brief statement on the ruling.

Platinum Stars' rise was as a result of Ajax having to forfeit the points they gained in matches with Dikwena, Polokwane City and SuperSport United. The footballer himself receiving a two-match suspension. Ajax stated on their official Twitter account, "Ajax Cape Town are now consulting with their legal team regarding William Mokhari SC's arbitration ruling released this morning".

The playoff campaign is due to start on Wednesday with, as it now stands, Platinum Stars scheduled to play against Black Leopards at 15:00.

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