Ajax Cape Town found guilty of fielding Tendai Ndoro, forfeit three matches

Ajax Cape Town relegated from the South African Premier League due to sanctions

Ajax Cape Town relegated from the South African Premier League due to sanctions

The club said they were now consulting with their legal team regarding William Mokhari SC's arbitration ruling released yesterday which dumped them out of the top-flight league.

"Among other issues‚ the club will seek to interdict the promotion playoffs from commencing [today] at 3pm. This will be sought pending an urgent review of the arbitrator's award this morning". But FIFA rules prohibit a player to play for three different clubs in a single season.

Mokhari forfeited three matches - wins against Platinum Stars and SuperSport United‚ and a draw against Polokwane City - in favour of Ajax's opponents as he ruled that the club was the third Ndoro had played for this season‚ in contravention of Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations.

"After our last match of the season‚ the players did video analysis and I am happy they will be ready for the clash". As a result, Ajax were docked nine points, effectively relegating Muhsin Ertugral's men to the second tier.

Ajax were also fined R350 000. Ndoro was fielded in games against Platinum Stars, Polokwane City, SuperSport United, Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates.

Ajax can still appeal the ruling with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Polokwane City's appeal and Supersport United's Protest were also upheld.

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Those matches were against Platinum Stars (January 12)‚ Polokwane City (February 4) and SuperSport United (February 28).

Ajax Cape Town are to file papers in the high court this morning to have the Premier Soccer League's promotion/relegation playoffs postponed. "Mr Ndoro was sentenced to a two match suspension for his misconduct".

"Ajax Cape Town are now consulting with their legal team regarding (arbitrator) William Mokhari SC's arbitration ruling released this morning".

Platinum Stars now have 27 points and will be taking part in the PSL/National First Division promotion-relegation play-offs.

The playoff campaign is due to start on Wednesday with, as it now stands, Platinum Stars scheduled to play against Black Leopards at 15:00.

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