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Safa & PSL at odds over Khenyeza case

Michael Murphy, attorney for Black Aces, hopes the appeal will be heard by next Thursday.

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JOHANNESBURG - The case involving former Ajax Cape Town striker Mabhuti Khenyeza, seems to be having a rollercoaster effect for both the player and his news club Mpumalanga Black Aces.

After the player was banned from football for 12 months, Aces signed him and to everyone's shock in the soccer fraternity, coach Clive Barker fielded him in a game against Kaizer Chiefs for the start of the PSL season

Michael Murphy, the attorney representing Black Aces, spoke to Sports Talk's Udo Carelse about the contradicting rules from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the South African Football Association (Safa) surrounding the Khenyeza case.

Murphy said sanctions of a disciplinary committee would only be effective after the processes of appeal and arbitration had been completed.

"What binds a player is the contract they sign and what Khenyeza signed is aligned to the PSL constitutional laws."

The PSL's own rules on the matter seem to favour Aces and the club's decision to use the banned striker against Kaizer Chiefs at the weekend, but are contradicted by Safa.

Khanyeza spoke out for the first time during a post-match interview following the game against Chiefs. He said he feels that allegations of him spitting at an assistant referee.

The former Kaizer Chiefs strikers denied the accusation, saying if it was clearly shown he had spat at the official he would accept it.

Murphy said, "What Khenyeza was trying to say was that he didn't spit on anyone. He's never disputed spitting in the direction of the referee. He was charged with spitting at him and the question is, will there be a minimum sanction?"

Murphy added he hoped the appeal would be heard before next Thursday.