The Premier Soccer League (PSL) says the promotion/relegation play-offs scheduled to start on Wednesday will go ahead as planned.
This after Ajax Cape Town were found guilty of fielding Zimbabwean international striker Tendai Ndoro illegitimately and ordered that they would forfeit three matches.
Ajax are now automatically relegated from the Premier Soccer League, while Platinum Stars will contest the National First Division play-offs.
Ajax, who were charged with five counts of misconduct, will now forfeit the 7 points the club accumulated when Ndoro featured for the Cape Town Club in matches against clubs that joined the PSL’s case against Ajax.
Those matches against Platinum Stars, Polokwane City and SuperSport United have now become three-nil defeats for Ajax. In addition Ajax were fined a total of R350 000.
This means that Ajax ended the 2017/2018 ABSA Premiership campaign with 24 points, after the 7 points were deducted from their initial 31 points.
Ndoro, who played for three teams in one season, has been suspended for two games.
The decision by process of arbitration has all sorts of ramifications as far as the ABSA Premiership log is concerned. After being awarded the three points from the Ajax game, Platinum Stars will now finish 15th with 27 points, while Polokwane City move to 12th. They were awarded a further two points and now have 36 six points.
But the big talking point is SuperSport United’s gain and AmaZulu’s loss.
AmaZulu will loose their top eight spot, after SuperSport who finished on 36 points were awarded three extra points.
This means that SuperSport move up from 11th place to seventh on the log, with AmaZulu automatically dropping to ninth spot.
However the matter could be far from over. Ajax, who have been to the Johannesburg High Court several times before, are seeking legal opinion on the matter. And the Urban Warriors are seeking an urgent interdict at the Johannesburg High Court to stop the play-off’s from taking place.