A decision on Thanda Royal Zulu's protest over the outcome of the National First Division last season is expected today after a raft of recent postponements.
But if the arbitrator finds against the league, it is not likely to force a completion of outstanding matches but rather an adjustment to the log standings, according to several sources.
Advocate PJ Pretorius must decide on the merits of Thanda Royal Zulu’s contention that the results of the first three rounds of the NFD at the start of the 2012/13 season be annulled, as had allegedly been agreed to after most NFD clubs boycotted the start of the season.
They want the log standings adjusted accordingly.
If granted, Mpumalanga Black Aces will be in in top place, Thanda Royal Zulu and Santos in the play-off positions and Polokwane City, who topped the disputed standings, out of the reckoning.
It would force a re-run of the promotion play-offs, which also involved Chippa United.
Aces, Chippa and Santos played a provisional play-off series last month with Aces winning, to earn their place back in the Absa premiership.
The Witbank-based club are guaranteed a berth in the top flight irrespective of the outcome of the case.
If Thanda win their protest, Aces still go up as champions. If Thanda lose their protests, then it is Polokwane City and Aces up and Chippa relegated.