SAFA will be meeting with Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation Nathi Mthwethwa to discuss the fate of the PSL as ‘behind closed doors’ games are not a solution to stopping the spread of the Coronavirus.
On Monday 16 March, SAFA recommended that local football competitions in South Africa be suspended in accordance to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement, prohibiting gatherings of 100 or more people in a bid to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
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SAFA believes that the suggestion by fans of playing the remaining PSL football matches behind closed doors will prove ineffective as it already failed to prevent players and staff from contracting COVID-19 in Europe where Italy’s top-flight competition, Serie A, tried to implement it.
Part of the statement issued by the Football Association read:
“The Association said attempts to play football in empty stadiums were not achieving the desired results after three players in Serie A tested positive in the process,”
“The positive testing of players and coaches in Europe is a particular concern for Safa and these matters will be raised with the Minister.”
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Orlando Pirates were scheduled to face Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday and 17 March and Kaizer Chiefs were up against Bidest Wits on Wednesday 18 March but the suspension means that fans will have to wait and see the teams in actions
Although fans may not be happy with the suggestion brought up by SAFA, the association believes that public health and safety is of the utmost priority as well as the health and safety of the players and team personal.
The Football Association will announce its decision and the fate of the PSL after the meeting with Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation Nathi Mthwethwa.