Premier League confirms Ajax Cape Town’s relegation, sends Platinum Stars into play-offs

Tendai Ndoro

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) have confirmed the relegation of Ajax Cape Town as well as the entry of Platinum Stars to the promotion/relegation ply-offs.

Following the earlier ruling handed down by SAFA arbitrator Advocate W. Mokhari SC, stating the implications of Ajax fielding an ineligible player in striker Tendai Ndoro, the PSL have also made official pronouncements.

The league have confirmed the new Absa Premiership standings, while further adding that Platinum Stars will face Black Leopards in Thohoyandou in the opening play-off fixture on Wednesday.

Ajax, however, are turning to the courts to try and stop the play-offs from kicking off.

“As a result of the ruling, please take note of the revised log positions of the ABSA Premiership (see log attached),” read a statement.

“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 tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 May 2018 – 15h00) between Black Leopards and (now) Platinum Stars will go ahead.”

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Ajax Cape Town will turn to the courts to try and stop the promotion/relegation play-offs from kicking off on Wednesday after SAFA’s ruling effectively saw them relegated.

The Urban Warriors were due to start their play-off campaign tomorrow against Black Leopards before facing Jomo Cosmos.

Ajax have since released a statement, which reads: ‘Ajax Cape Town are currently consulting with their legal team regarding William Mokhari SC’s arbitration ruling released this morning

‘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 morning at 10am.

‘Amongst other issues, the club will seek to interdict the promotion playoffs from commencing on Wednesday 16th May at 3pm. This will be sought pending an urgent review of the arbitrators award this morning.’

-Source: Kick Off

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