- The PSL is threatening to take SAFA to court over the R50 million Outsurance sponsorship dispute
- This comes after SAFA issued a statement in which it said its referees would be wearing the new sponsorship colours
- The PSL is of the opinion that the sponsorship deal infringes on the rights of its sponsors and could do lasting damage to football in South Africa
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is threatening to take legal action against the South African Football Association (SAFA) over the R50 million Outsurance sponsorship conflict. The PSL said the deal could do permanent damage to football.
The PSL is of the opinion that the sponsorship deal between SAFA and Outsurance creates a conflict and would be unfairly infringing on the rights of sponsors who already have connections with the PSL and the various competitions and bodies which fall under its umbrella.
PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza said the league had up until this point remained on a media blackout because it was trying to resolve the matter in private. Khoza said the statement which was released by SAFA earlier was something he had never experienced.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the statement Khoza was referring to was SAFA flexing its muscle and effectively trying to put its stamp of authority over all matters football in the country and proving that the PSL was actually bound to SAFA and not the other way around.
The SAFA statement indicated that the mother body would not waiver in the matter and its referees and match officials would be wearing the new sponsor colours.
Citizen.co.za reported that Khoza was joined in the media briefing by fellow PSL executive committee member and giant of South African football Kaizer Motaung.
Motaung expressed his displeasure with the entire incident and said he did not understand why SAFA was unwilling to meet privately with the PSL to sort the problem out.
Motaung added that the PSL had done everything by letter of the law. Motaung revealed that the relationship between the PSL and SAFA had become strained in recent years and the two parties have not sat around a table in more than two years.
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