Automatic Promotion Dispute: The curious case of Polokwane City v South African Football Association
In this case, a South African club playing in the second tier of South African football was sanctioned for not including a minimum of five U-23 players eligible to play for South Africa in their match day squad. The disciplinary committee ruled that 3 points be deducted from the club. On appeal the arbitrator ordered that the forfeiture of the match would be the appropriate sanction in the present circumstances. The sanction of forfeiture had an impact on the teams to be promoted to the top tier of South African football.
The club filed a review application before the High Court to set aside the arbitral award. This article reviews the case, looking at:
- The Unique Facts and Background of the Case
- Decision of the Disciplinary Committee
- Issue before Court
- Decision of the High Court
- Key Takeaways
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- Tags: Arbitration | CAS | Dispute Resolution | FIFA | Polokwane City FC | Regulation | Sekhukhune United | South Africa
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Hlonela is a candidate attorney in Norton Rose Fulbright’s commercial litigation team based in Johannesburg. He joined the firm in 2021 and currently holds an LLB from the University of the Western Cape and is set to complete his LLM specialising in Corporate Law.