CAS Denies Kaizer Chiefs Immunity

Giovanni Wanneh,

Sports Writer

If there was any likelihood of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) overruling FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber, it’s now been dashed to the wall. In fact, the ‘Chiefs’ have been treated as subjects.

In a four-paragraph press release from CAS, the Amakhosi will have to serve her FIFA ban, as the news has dealt a killer blow to the South African giants as seen below;

Lausanne, 27 October 2020 – the court of arbitration for sports (CAS) has issued the decision in the appeal filed by the Malagasy player Andriamirado Aro Hasina (the player) and the South African club Kaizer Chiefs FC (collectively, the appellants), against the decision rendered by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) on 5 December 2019 (the challenged decision).

In such a decision, the FIFA DRC noted that the player and Kaizer Chiefs entered into a new contract when the player was still under contract with Fosa Juniors FC/Madagascar. Given these circumstances, the FIFA DRC concluded that the player unilaterally terminated the employment of the contract of Fosa Juniors FC without any just cause.

As a consequence, the player was ordered together with Kaizer Chiefs FC, to jointly and severally pay compensation of MGA 157’572’000 (approximately USD 40’000) to Fosa Juniors FC. In addition, a four-month period of ineligibility was imposed on the player, and Kaizer Chiefs FC was banned from registering any new players either nationally or internationally for two entire and consecutive periods.

The CAS panel in charge of this matter has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the challenged decision in its entirety.

Newly appointed Gavin Hunt will sort to lead the Glamour Boys as high as he can, in an utterly competitive league currently under siege from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Chiefs currently are 3 of 6 after one win in two, in the ongoing South African premier division.

Fatigue could be considered as one of the reasons why Kaizer Chiefs inexplicably lost their crown to Sundowns on the last day of the season. Kaizer Chiefs before then had led for more than half of the season.


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