The Kaizer Chiefs have been fined R100,000 by the Premier Soccer League for putting two ineligible players, Aiden McCarthy and Mduduzi Tshabala, into their squad for a DStv Premiership clash with Sekhukhune United on 12 December.
The game, won 2-0 by the Chiefs, was the first game after a Coivd-19 outbreak in the village of Amakhosi in Naturena, which resulted in the Chiefs refusing to participate in the games against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows at the beginning of December.
The Chiefs returned to action on December 12, despite initially asking the league to postpone all games to December, and benched DStv Diski Challenge players McCarthy and Shabalala. Neither, however, was registered to play in the Premier Soccer League and, although they did not take the field, their presence on the bench was still considered a violation of PSL rules.
“Kaizer Chiefs appeared in front of a PSL DC today, for fielding ineligible players McCarthy and Shabalala in a match between them and Sekhukhune,” PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu said Friday.
“The bosses pleaded guilty and after listening to the plays … The bosses were fined a monetary amount of R200,000, 50 percent of which is suspended for 12 months provided they are not found guilty of the same crime. In fact they have to pay R100 000.
“The players were fined R10 000, which was suspended in full for 12 months, provided they were not found guilty of the same offense during the suspension. There was the recognition that these were not professional players and were not hired on a remunerative basis. “