Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns were charged on Monday by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and are facing a possible points deduction for fielding an ineligible player, Wayne Arendse in an Absa Premiership clash against Bidvest Wits.
"Mamelodi Sundowns have been charged with contravening Rule 16.3.2 of the NSL Handbook after they allegedly fielded an ineligible player, Wayne Arendse, against Bidvest Wits during their Absa Premiership fixture on October 7, 2018," the PSL said.
In the referenced fixture, a 1-1 draw between the two sides at the Lucas Moripe Stadium Arendse was not included in the original match-day squad but later was drafted into the starting line-up after a late injury.
In a similar case, Ajax Cape Town were punished for fielding an ineligible Tendai Ndoro and as a result were relegated to the National First Division (NFD).
As punishment, Ajax forfeited three matches and were fined R50 000 for each match - against Platinum Stars, Polokwane City and SuperSport United - by a scoreline of 3-0.
Masandawana are now likely to face a similar sanction and fine - with the points to be awarded to Absa Premiership leaders, Wits - which could be a deciding factor in the title race.
In a similar case Sundowns were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player Thabang Sibanyoni during their MultiChoice Diski Challenge match against Chippa United also in December 2016.
The match was awarded to opponents Chippa United with a 3-0 score, with the player receiving a one match suspension.
Sundowns fielded Sibanyoni in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge fixture despite the player having accumulated four yellow cards and the match was awarded to Chippa with a 3-0 score.
Sundowns were also deducted one point and Sibanyoni was suspended for an additional match.
Sundowns would lose the 1 point they gained from the 1-1 draw with Wits then gaining an additional 2 points.
Sundowns will appear on Wednesday February 6, 2019.