- The South African Football Association (Safa) is setting the record straight and insisting that no football be played until August
- The PSL is intending on resuming shortly but insist that they will keep the players, staff and public safe
- This could result in a standoff as the PSL are dead set on restarting the season
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The South African Football Association (Safa) is flexing its muscle and laying down the law as the PSL prepares to restart the football season.
Safa intends to enforce the lockdown restrictions laid down by the Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) and government. They do not want the PSL to play any games until the 1st of August.
Briefly.co.za learned that Safa has said that football cannot resume in hot spots like Johannesburg and referees need to get match fit and tested for the virus.
The PSL wrote to Safa informing them that they intended on resuming matches. ‚ PSL acting chief executive Mato Madlala penned the letter according to Sowetan Live.
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“I write to inform you that the Board of Governors of the league met yesterday to determine training and playing venues‚ and the date to return to match play in biologically safe environment (BSE)‚” said Madlala in her letter that Safa did not take kindly to.
In response‚ Safa acting chief executive Tebogo Motlanthe told the PSL that they are utterly surprised by the contents of their letter which is against the spirit of the directives of the JLC.
“The unilateral confirmation of training venues and the date for resumption of play on 18 July 2020 by the NSL is against the spirit of our meeting and the resolutions of the Joint Liaison Committee.
“Sadly‚ it also undermines Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s directive that the association should play an overarching role in this matter.
"I wish to reiterate that two crucial factors we outlined in the meeting‚ namely‚ that we are committed to the resumption of play under safe conditions wherein the safety of players‚ team officials‚ match officials and other participants is not compromised.
condly‚ that the reasons outlined at the meeting and in the presentation I have since sent you‚ it is not practical to expect the resumption of play before 01 August 2020.”
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PSL chairman Irvin Khoza is expected to hold a press conference on Monday in which he will explain how the PSL plan to proceed.
Sport, in general, has been put on hold as the country went into lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that 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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