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Khoza – Why Fans Can’t Return To Stadium This Weekend

PSL chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza has explained why South African football fans cannot return to stadiums for the DStv Premiership matches on the weekend.

Khoza announced on Tuesday that the PSL Executive Committee have finally agreed to allow fans back into the stadiums, but only from the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals on 8 and 9 April.

Many fans were hoping the league would open the stadiums for the upcoming DStv Premiership games on the weekend but Khoza insisted the process of categorisation of games is already too advanced for that to happen.

“It’ll be difficult to open this coming weekend, because most of the matches have already been categorised and approved,” he said.

“It means there are already plans in place that have been approved. When the government announcement came, it changed the complexion of the requirements.

“Next week, also most matches have been categorised and we’re asking that they must be recategorised to make sure that they’re compliant.

“It’s important that our supporters understand that we value their support for all these years. That’s why we had to make sure we’re taking all these precautionary measures to make sure we comply to the full,”

“If we don’t comply, when things are normal, nothing happens but when an incident happens and you go in front of a judge, you cannot understand the mood, the sentiment, the feelings, what is in the regulations, what is in the safety act. 

“All those things are important to make sure we take the health of our supporters at heart and protect them but also protect our stakeholders, the sponsors, SAFA, FIFA, CAF and all the stake holders that are impacted by an incident happening in football.

“In case something happens maybe there are liabilities in terms of insurance, the insurance cover must not have an excuse to not pay because we failed to comply.”

Khoza also explained that all clubs and fans must comply to the government regulations in terms of vaccination and that is why the categorisation of matches is so important.

“We’re sending to the clubs the concept document for the return of spectators so they know because the issue of categorisation is not done by the league, we’re responsible for the cup competitions but the clubs are responsible for those recategorisations of those [league] matches,” he added. 

“To do that they must interact with the commissioner of police in charge of categorisation of matches but more importantly, it’s also very important we give the responsibility to the club because there are a lot of meetings that must take place in between matches, especially if the matches are medium-risk.

“Because of the anticipated enthusiasm of the spectators returning, also on the issues of compliance, the validation, checking of the IDs and vaccination certificates we’ve agreed as a league that the check will be visual checking because the issue of technology might be a problem.”

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