PSL’s court ac­tion on ice

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - MARK GLEE­SON

Pro­posed court ac­tion by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) against its mother body‚ the SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa), has re­port­edly been put on ice af­ter a sur­pris­ingly pos­i­tive meet­ing be­tween the two this week.

A rare get-to­gether of the joint li­ai­son com­mit­tee (the first af­ter two years) met on Tues­day to dis­cuss a con­tro­ver­sial new ref­er­ee­ing spon­sor­ship pro­cured by Safa from OUT­surance. By all accounts they came out smil­ing rather than with fists raised‚ ready to bat­tle‚ as has been the case in re­cent weeks.

The PSL re­acted an­grily last month to Safa sign­ing a R50m deal with OUT­surance to spon­sor match of­fi­cials and clad them in the com­pany’s gar­ish lime and pur­ple colours.

The league ar­gued the spon­sor­ship was in con­flict with their two fi­nan­cial ser­vices spon­sors – Absa and Ned­bank – but were quickly put in their place by Safa‚ who re­minded them pub­licly just who is in charge. The PSL’s re­sponse was to call an ur­gent ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing and set in mo­tion plans to go ahead with a le­gal chal­lenge.

Pa­pers were or­dered to be drawn up but two weeks on‚ it seems this is be­ing put aside while the two bodies work out mat­ters be­hind closed doors‚ thereby avoid­ing a messy pub­lic spat.

The meet­ing ap­par­ently went well with Safa agree­ing that the ref­er­ees colours need some over­haul­ing be­cause there have been too many cases of colours clash­ing.

Last week top ref­eree Vic­tor Hlung­wani was put on ice by Safa af­ter re­fus­ing to wear the new kit be­cause it clashed with the colours of Bloem­fontein Celtic.

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