Johannesburg - Absa Premiership newcomers Black Aces could find themselves in trouble with authorities after fielding striker Mabhuti Khenyeza in their opening league match against Kaizer Chiefs despite a 12-month suspension hanging over his head.
The former Ajax Cape Town man was slapped with this hefty penalty for spitting at an assistant referee and has since taken the matter up with the SA Football Association for appeal. Aces went ahead and fielded the player on Friday night perhaps under the impression that the player was clear to play due to the pending appeal.
Chiefs, who won the match 1-0, played the match under protest but the outcome of this case will mean nothing for them as they already for the points from the field of play. The PSL subsequently issued a statement on Saturday to clarify the matter.
“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) takes note of the fact that Mpumalanga Black Aces fielded Mabhuti Khenyeza against Kaizer Chiefs in the opening fixture of the 2013/14 Absa Premiership last night (Friday),” said the league.
Mpumalanga Black Aces was advised in writing prior to the kick-off that Khenyeza was under suspension, and that, according to our understanding of the SAFA Disciplinary Code, the effect of lodging an appeal does not cause the disciplinary sanction to be suspended pending the appeal, the PSL added.
“Once we have received the necessary reports the League will consider further steps in accordance with our Constitution and Rules,” Brand De Villiers, CEO of the League said.