Government gives go ahead for football to resume, sets guidelines

Government gives go ahead for football to resume, sets guidelines

- Government has given the green light for the football action to resume in South Africa

- The South African footballing association (SAFA) confirmed the exciting news in a statement on Friday

- The gazetted guidelines indicate a strong emphasis on testing of players and hygiene at venues

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Football fans across the world were starved of live action, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the globe.

Fans in Germany have been treated to live matches recently, as the Bundesliga resumed a few weeks ago.

South Africans can now also breathe a sigh of relief, as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) could be set for an imminent return.

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SAFA confirmed the exciting news in a statement on Friday and shared the news via social media as well.

The local governing body confirmed that government has now gazetted the regulations for when PSL teams resume training.

A Joint Liasion Committee was setup to assess the feasibility for the sport to resume and Minister Nathi Mthethwa has approved their submission.

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The statement read, "According to Government Gazette promulgated by Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture on 11 June 2020, under the Disaster Management Act of 2002, football can resume training after complying with the regulations."

Some of the requirements include that all players will need to be tested for Covid-19 as well as any other chronic conditions.

It further stated: "All teams are encouraged to undertake strict hand and respiratory hygiene and have a consulting Doctor at all times as stipulated in the return to football protocol adopted by JLC." understands that league organisers will announce the kick off dates for both the PSL and GladAfrica Championship.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Telkom has been rumoured to be taking over the sponsorship of the PSL.

Absa has announced that they are ending their role as title sponsors of the sports franchise.

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