Mamelodi Sundowns have been fined, but will not be deducted points for fielding Wayne Arendse against Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership match played more than six months ago.
The football fraternity has been waiting with bated breath for the sanction to be delivered since Downs were charged for violating Article 16.3.2 of the NSL handbook by using an ineligible player.
Arendse was not on the initial team sheet submitted to match commissioner Mark Lindon on October 7 in a game that ended in a draw between the Brazilians and Wits at Lucas Moripe Stadium, but replaced the injured Thapelo Morena from the starting line-up having come from the stands. The club had argued it was the match commissioner who gave them the green light to field Arendse.
The Siya crew is in possession of the sanction, which has been delivered by the PSL disciplinary committee today:
- Sundowns have been order to pay a fine of R250 000, and half of it has been suspended provided they are not found guilty of a similar offense in the next 12 months.
- Arendse is fined R50 000, which has been wholly suspended provided he is not found guilty of the same offence within a year.
- Downs and the player ordered to pay the costs for the disciplinary committee sitting.
It was expected Sundowns would be docked points, but with that not being the case it means the final two weeks of the Premier League can carry on without the saga dragging on further. As it stands, Orlando Pirates lead the log table, with Downs trailing by a three points and having a game in hand.