NSL in limbo

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The National, Wednesday January 29th, 2014


THE National Soccer League season is delayed for another week. 

The competition has already been postponed three times with the last kick-off date on January 25 but the games were called off because of a pending case before the court.

As a result the Oceania Football Confederation, the governing body in the region, has ordered its disciplinary committee to investigate the row between FC Port Moresby and the NSL board.

Oceania secretary-general Tai Nicholas said on Jan 6 the confederation had written to the Port Moresby club to withdraw its court proceeding after being excluded from the competition. 

They were given seven days to comply or face disciplinary action.

With no action by the club, a second letter dated January 24 was issued. In it Nicholas said the club had failed to respect the directive and their action  was in violation of FIFA rules. 

He said the Oceania disciplinary committee would be convened and the club would have to appear before it. 

The club has written to the national body agreeing to withdraw its court proceeding on condition they be included in 2014 competition. 

But the controlling body said the club must withdraw the condition and come for talks to find an amicable solution.


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