Ajax Cape Town have been relegated from the Absa Premiership after being docked points for fielding ineligible player Tendai Ndoro, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) announced on Tuesday.
Full statement by the PSL regarding Ajax Cape Town: “The Premier Soccer League (PSL) 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. The Arbitrator also heard an appeal by Polokwane City FC against the fielding of Mr. Ndoro in their match as well as a Protest by SuperSport United.
“The Arbitrator today ruled that Ajax Cape Town were guilty of breaching SAFA and FIFA Regulations relating to their fielding of Mr. Ndoro. Polokwane City’s appeal and Supersport United’s Protest were also upheld.
“Adv. Mokhari SC awarded the matches played by Ajax Cape Town against Platinum Stars, Polokwane City and Supersport United to those clubs with a 3-0 score-line. In addition Ajax Cape Town were fined a total of R350 000.
“Mr. Ndoro was sentenced to a two match suspension for his misconduct. Ajax Cape Town was ordered to pay the costs (including the costs of senior counsel) of the other parties involved in the arbitration.
“As a result of the ruling, please take note of the revised log positions of the ABSA Premiership.
“Platinum Stars Football Club will therefore participate in the Promotion play-offs as envisaged in the NSL Handbook read with the Play-off Rules on the dates.
“For clarity purposes, the scheduled fixture in Thohoyandou on Wednesday, May 16 between Black Leopards and (now) Platinum Stars will go ahead. Kick-off is at 15:00.”