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Official: PSL Address Fans’ Return To Stadiums

The Premier Soccer League has announced their decision on when football fans can return to stadiums in South Africa.

Last week Tuesday, South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that stadiums are allowed to open up to a capacity of 50% going forward.

However, the government regulations stated that fans must be vaccinated or show prove of a negative PCR test from the last 72 hours.

While other sporting codes such as cricket and rugby immediately opened their grounds to more spectators, the PSL Executive only met on Monday on the matter.

On Tuesday, PSL chairman Irvin Khoza announced during a press conference that fans can return to stadiums on 8 and 9 April but not this coming weekend already.

“Ladies and gentleman, it has been a long, long wait for all of us in football,” Khoza said.

“On the 23rd of March new regulations were published to permit spectators the return to sporting events, subject to certain limitations.

“That is why we had to make sure as an executive committee yesterday we had to understand the what are those limitations to make sure we comply with the requirements.

“The Executive committee of the league met yesterday and today to best implement the amended regulations for readmission of fans, urgently, safely and responsibly.

“Those permitted entry must showcase a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.

“To allow for a return of spectators we’ve made an urgent application to categorise or recategorise the upcoming matches.

“All these requirements are important. The situation is different, the games that are taking place this weekend, and next weekend, all the games have been categorised.

“The new announcements change the requirements. What I ask from the member clubs is that all categorisations that have been made must be medium-risk categoritsation.

“The executive committee formulated today guidelines and stressed the importance of adhering to rules for it’s member clubs to permit the return of spectators to football matches in a responsible and safe fashion.

“The league has earmarked the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals on 8 and 9 April as the first matches to be open to spectators.

“I must re-emphasise that proof of vaccination is very important, everyone who comes to the match must show proof of ID and proof of vaccination.

“All matches under the auspices of the NSL must comply with the regulations regarding vaccinations.”

Khoza also confirmed that media will also be allowed back in to stadiums from the upcoming Nedbank Cup matches.

“Media can apply for accreditation to attend the matches discussed on 8 and 9 April,” he added.

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