Santos Football Club have denied all reports linking the Cape Town-based club to purchasing the GladAfrica Championship status of Steenberg United.
In an official statement, the club said: “It has been brought to the clubs attention that a rumour published and circulating on a social media platform stating that Santos Football Club has bought the NFD status of Steenberg United.
“The club can categorically deny that the rumour is untrue and that the club has not purchased the status of Steenberg United.
“The clubs chairman and management were not consulted or contacted to confirm or deny such rumour. This type of false information and unmotivated sensationalism is the cause of many players and football club downfalls.
“The club can therefore clear the air on this matter and state that they have not purchased Steenberg United’s NFD status or any other NFD or PSL status.”
Santos was relegated from the Premier Soccer League at the end of the 2011/12 season for the first time in the club’s history.
The club was also relegated from the National First Division (GladAfrica Championship) at the end of the 2016/17 season. The club now plays in the Western Cape ABC Motsepe League.