PSL Expel Herentals From League

THE Premier Soccer League has expelled Herentals Football Club from the top-flight league for breaching their statutes by taking football matters to the ordinary courts.

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The landmark decision comes just a few days after the Harare club won an appeal which saw them maintain their league status.

The club approached the High Court when they were charged with influencing the outcome of their match against Black Rhinos in October last season.

They later withdrew the case and appealed with the Zifa Appeals Committee.

But the PSL say the club had already breached their statutes.

The Students have also been slapped with a ZWL100 000 fine.

According to the PSL, Herentals pleaded guilty to the offence.

At the time of withdrawal, Herentals owner Innocent Benza acknowledged that they were wrong to take football matters to the High Court.

“We’ve been thinking about how we reacted to the initial decision by the PSL disciplinary committee, especially our decision to file a High Court application to challenge the verdict,” he said.

“We felt we took the wrong decision because the rules and regulations are very clear that football matters should be dealt with within the channels set up for such issues.

“By taking our case to the High Court, we could have, unknowingly, appeared to be challenging the game and everything that it stands for and on reflection that was a wrong move.

“Football matters should not be taken to court and there is a reason why those who came up with that pronouncement did so because the game has channels which are there to deal with any issue that might arise.

“This is why we are withdrawing our case from the High Court so that we give the channels, open for the resolution of our case in football, a chance to do their work,” Benza said

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