It takes more than money to be in the elite league

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

The de­ci­sion of the Premier So­cer League (PSL) to re­ject AmaZulu’s R82 mil­lion bid to ac­quire Mpumalanga Black Aces’ sta­tus was in­formed by one ar­ti­cle in the league’s con­sti­tu­tion. PSL CEO Brand de Vil­liers said Wed­nes­day’s rul­ing to block the deal was based on ar­ti­cle 30.3 of the league’s con­sti­tu­tion, which states: “No per­son or le­gal en­tity may ac­quire shares or in­ter­est di­rectly or in­di­rectly in a club if he or it has had shares or an in­ter­est di­rectly or in­di­rectly in, or has been a reg­is­tered share­holder of another club un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the league or Safa in the pre­ced­ing twelve (12) months.

“The records of the league and Safa will be de­fin­i­tive and ir­refutable in de­ter­min­ing whether a per­son has been a share­holder di­rectly or in­di­rectly of another club or not.” De Vil­liers said the league’s rules were clear. “Peo­ple can still sell or buy clubs as long as it con­forms with our rules. If this deal was done by an in­di­vid­ual buy­ing the club, maybe it could have been ap­proved based on its merit.”

He said that Fifa’s statutes were also clear on the mat­ter – although the PSL did not con­sult world football gov­ern­ing body Fifa on the mat­ter.

How­ever, Fifa’s rule 9 of the prin­ci­ple of pro­mo­tion and rel­e­ga­tion reads: “A club’s en­ti­tle­ment to take part in a do­mes­tic league cham­pi­onship shall de­pend prin­ci­pally on sport­ing merit. A club shall qual­ify for a do­mes­tic league cham­pi­onship by re­main­ing in a cer­tain di­vi­sion or by be­ing pro­moted or rel­e­gated to another at the end of a sea­son.

“Al­ter­ing the le­gal form or com­pany struc­ture of a club

PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACKPAGEPIX

NO-BRAINER Brand de Vil­liers says the PSL rules are clear

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