The PSL Disciplinary Committee found Royal AM guilty, for failing to play their playoff games against Chippa United and Richards Bay in the 2020/21 playoffs.
The DC settlement agreement will be carried on to Royal’s new owners, Lawrence Mulaudzi and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC, who have purchased the Durban team’s franchise to compete in the GladAfrica Championship (National First Division).
Royal AM finished first in the league, but the purchase of Celtic came after a string of court defeats, to have Royal reinstated as NFD champions following an arbitration award that saw Sekhukhune United win the second‐tier and Royal relegated to the playoffs.
As indicated by the PSL prosecutor Nande Becker, Royal AM have now been seen as liable of all charges of wrong doing against them, emerging from inability to respect their apparatuses against Chippa United and Richards Bay in June.
The PSL Disciplinary Committee ruling states that –
All four matches in which Royal AM was required to compete but did not do so, 3
points were awarded to their opponents with a 3:0 goal difference.
Royal AM was fined the maximum fine allowed by the NSL Rules, R1 million per match (total R4 million), with R700 000.00 of each fine (R2,8 million) suspended for the next two years on the condition that it did not fail to honor any NSL fixtures during that period of suspension.
The club was also sanctioned with a 3 point deduction for each game not played (12 points total) for the current season. This deduction is also suspended for one year on the condition that it does not fail to honor any NSL fixtures during the suspension period.
Royal AM was ordered to pay the full cost of the four sittings. Chippa United prevailed in the Play‐Offs to maintain their PSL status.