IT is now official that Bay United (now known as Polokwane City FC) will be playing in the National First Division.
This after the SA Football Association (SAFA)’s Appeal Board’s ruling that the Premier Soccer League’s not to dock points from the Zebediela, Limpopo-based side should stand.
Dynamos who has since been relegated to the second division (formerly known as the Vodacom League) the whistle against United whom the accused to have fielded an ineligible play during some of their league matches. The allegations were investigated and it was established that the club had indeed used a defaulter in some of their matches and the club was only slapped on the face with a fine and no points were docked, leading to Dynamos’ decision took the case to arbitration. This latest development sees Carara Kicks also keeping their NFD status.
Both Kicks and United have since lost two league matches on the process.
At the arbitration hearing two days ago, the arbitrator confirmed a settlement agreement reached between the parties to the effect that the SAFA Appeal Board findings be set aside and the PSL Disciplinary Committee majority decision should stand.
The effect of this is that United are found guilty of fielding an ineligible player and they have to pay a fine, but no points or goals will be expunged. Bay United will therefore retain their 2011/12 National First Division log position (10).