- The PSL says soccer matches should not be used for political campaigning
- They said they wanted matches to be a "safe space" for all people, regardless of their political affilitions
- Mamelodi Sundowns has supported their decision
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is not happy about political parties campaigning at matches and has urged them to stop doing so.
This comes after large numbers of EFF supporters attended the recent PSL match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns in full EFF uniform and colours.
Likewise, ANC supporters were seen handing out T-shirts outside the stadium after another match in recent weeks.
As the election draws closer, political campaigning at soccer matches is only expected to increase.
The PSL, however, says that football should be apolitical. They said they are against the campaigning at matches because it divides crowds into factions.
Lux September, a PSL spokesperson, condemned the use of matches for political purposes, saying that matches should be a "safe space" for people of all background and political persuasions, according to The Sowetan.
Likewise, a spokesperson for Mamelodi Sundowns says that the club supports the PSL's decision and agrees that soccer matches should be apolitical.
The club pointed out they, like most clubs, have a diverse group of fans from many backgrounds, and they wanted to all of them to feel comfortable while supporting the team.
Despite voicing their opposition to using soccer events for political reasons, the PSL did not say what kind of measures they would take to prevent such campaigning or what action they would take against political parties who continued to break this rule, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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