Mamelodi Sundowns set to face PSL DC for allegedly fielding an ineligible player

Sundowns, Wayne Arendse
Masandawana among other PSL clubs and players are expected to learn their fate in the coming days

Mamelodi Sundowns could potentially find themselves in hot water after allegedly fielding in an ineligible player during a Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter earlier in the season.

The Tshwane giants reportedly made a last minute change against Bidvest Wits back in October, drafting Wayne Arendse into the matchday squad.

Sundowns went on to draw the match 1-1, but Sundowns could face punishment if they are deemed to have contravened the rules.  

“Mamelodi Sundowns have been charged with contravening Rule 16.3.2 of the NSL Handbook after they allegedly fielded an ineligible player, Wayne Arendse, against Bidvest Wits during their Absa Premiership fixture on 07 October 2018. They will appear on Wednesday, 06 February 2019.,” a statement issued by the league read.

Meanwhile, Sundowns will not be the only club to appear in front of the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee in the coming days.

Bidvest Wits have also been charged for comments made by their Chief Executive Officer Jose Ferreira and defender Robyn Johannes which was directed towards the referee during their defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.

“The Premier Soccer League has charged Bidvest Wits and club Chief Executive Officer Jose Ferreira and Robyn Johannes with bringing the League into disrepute and making improper statements regarding a match official (referee) during their Absa Premiership fixture against Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Stadium on 09 January 2019,” the statement added.

Wits along with Black Leopards and coach Dylan Kerr, who is also set to face the music for alleged misconduct will appear before the PSL's DC on Thursday, February 7.

"Black Leopards and coach Dylan Kerr have been charged with misconduct arising from abusive and insulting utterances towards a Match official (referee) and contemptuous, discriminatory and disparaging remarks to the Match Commissioner during their Absa Premiership fixture against Baroka FC on 06 January 2019," the PSL said.

Lastly, the PSL are finally set to charge Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp for his utterances made during his previous stint in South Africa.

“The long out-standing charges against current Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp (which arose during his tenure of coach of Maritzburg United FC) is postponed to 14 February 2019 due to his current club’s rescheduled fixtures,” the PSL further revealed.

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“The charges arose from acts of alleged misconduct against Middendorp which took place shortly before his departure from Maritzburg United to coach in the Far East early in 2017. Middendorp is alleged to have made improper statements concerning the acting CEO of the PSL and the appointment of Match referees to Maritzburg United FC matches,” the statement concluded.