SoccerPSL says no to fans at league games
─── MORGAN PIEK 07:00 Thu, 14 Oct 2021
Just a day after football fans got to attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Ethiopia, the Premier Soccer League has burst the bubble.
The PSL has dug their heels in and this despite the government given the green light for a limited number of spectators to attend.
In a statement released on Wednesday night, the PSL maintained that they will only permit 165 people at the matches.
“The Executive Committee of the PSL met today to deliberate on the amended Disaster Management Act Regulations of the 11th of October 2021 and identified matters that require stakeholder engagement and clarification.
“These include engaging with SAFA regarding lessons learned from last night’s Bafana match against Ethiopia; vaccination messaging; SASREA compliance; ticket allocation; the issuing of tickets; access control; seating arrangements; media access; and the need to develop standard procedures to be applied.
“Until further notice the PSL Covid protocol continues to limit attendance to 165 persons required at the match.
“The Executive Committee has targeted the MTN8 Final, on the 30th of October 2021, as the ideal match to test the protocols that will be put in place.
“The Executive Committee will meet again within the next seven to ten days to assess the outcome of the consultation process.
“The PSL will communicate the approach that will be implemented after the meeting.
“The PSL calls upon all supporters to support Government’s stance on the importance of vaccinations and the achievement of herd immunity. The sooner sufficient South Africans are vaccinated, the sooner supporters will be able to return in numbers.
“The PSL wishes to express its appreciation to Government for making the return of supporters possible. The PSL also thanks supporters, sponsors, and the media, for their patience and understanding.”
The PSL indicated that it will perhaps target the MTN8 Final on 30 October to test the waters.
Morgan Piek OFM Sport