Chippa United could secure their position in the DSTV Premiership if they get a point against Richards Bay on Saturday afternoon. The Eastern Cape outfit are currently top of the playoffs log with three points after they beat Richards Bay in the opening playoff matches last week.
Chippa were supposed to play their second match against Royal AM on Tuesday. However, the KwaZulu-Natal club arrived at the Chatsworth Stadium and left before the match could kick off, leading match officials to allow Chippa United to do a walkover as per PSL rules in the event the opposition fails to honour a fixture.
Two days later, Royal AM pulled the same stunt when they were supposed to play against Richards Bay, with Richard Bay doing the walkover.
The PSL DC has yet to rule on the two matches but if the rules are anything to go by, both Chippa and Richards Bay will be awarded three goals for those fixtures, and therefore three points.
“Where a Member Club is found guilty in terms of Rule 15.2 (failure to honour fixture) its opponent in that match will receive a “walk-over” (a 3-0 win), unless the Disciplinary Committee considers that a different sanction may be more appropriate,” reads the PSL rules in part.
PSL Rules on clubs that fail to honour their fixtures. The #PSL has yet to rule on #RoyalAM‘s failure to honour their #playoff fixtures against #ChippaUnited and #RichardsBay. pic.twitter.com/l3F3Zmcfs5
— Sipho King K Kekana (@KingKAzania) June 26, 2021
Richards Bay need to win against Chippa United this afternoon to continue to have any chance of gaining promotion. If they win both Chippa United and Richard United will be logged on an equal number of points from an equal number of games.
This would leave the two playoff matches for both Richards Bay and Chippa United against Royal AM on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.