Kaizer Chiefs are on the hook for missing two matches after the PSL confirmed the decision to decline the club’s request to postpone its December matches.
Kaizer Chiefs initially wrote to the PSL asking for a postponement of all four of their league matches in December due to an outbreak of Covid-19 at their headquarters in Naturena. The request was declined. However, the League’s Executive Committee said it would review the situation.
After the request was declined, the Soweto club did not honour their matches against Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban and Cape Town City at the FNB Stadium.
The PSL has since confirmed that Kaizer Chief’s request for postponement has been declined. The PSL’s Executive Committee ruled that Kaizer Chiefs failed to establish a basis to reverse the decision.
The Naturena club is now on the hook for missing the two matches against Lamontville Golden Arrows and Cape Town City. The PSL is likely to announce the verdict against the Soweto giants on January 5, 2022.
Below is the full statement from the PSL announcing the resolution on Kaizer Chiefs’ request to postpone its December matches.
On December 2 2021, Kaizer Chiefs Football Club wrote to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) requesting “the postponement of all our matches for the month of December 2021.”
The PSL Football Department declined the application.
Kaizer Chiefs referred the Football Department’s decision to the NSL Executive Committee for reconsideration and asked that the Executive Committee accede to the club’s request for the postponement of the club’s “remaining fixtures for the month of December.”
The Executive Committee afforded Kaizer Chiefs a full opportunity to provide information in support of their request. Among other things Kaizer Chiefs were asked to demonstrate, why: despite NSL Circulars no 12 of 2020; 24 of 2020; and 11 of 2021; exceptional circumstances existed to postpone all Kaizer Chiefs matches for the month of December in this instance.
During its deliberations on the matter the Executive Committee has taken the advice of Senior Counsel; has obtained input from the League Chief Medical Officer; and has considered representations from those potentially affected by the Football Department’s decision including Kaizer Chiefs.
Having exhaustively considered all aspects of the matter, and the information provided, the Executive Committee today resolved that Kaizer Chiefs has not established a basis to reverse the decision of the Football Department.
The decision of the Football Department stands and the request to postpone Kaizer Chief’s matches for the month of December 2021 has been declined.
The PSL will host a press conference on January 5 2022. The League will not be available to comment further until then.