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PSL Reveal Why No Fans Have Been Allowed

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has addressed the issue of fans returning to stadiums and explained why they’ve opted to remain to play behind closed doors.

The government eased Covid-19 regulations earlier this year which handed the PSL the chance to open the doors for the maximum amount of 2000 fans per game – which was seen in the recent Bafana Bafana fixtures.

However, local football has remained without spectators since March 2020, which has now been explained by the PSL chairman Irvin Khoza.

“So far as the issue of the fans or whatever, I can’t say much, that’s all going to depend on the government agreeing in terms of allowing us extra numbers,” he said at the launch of the DStv Compact Cup on Monday.

“When we were given a number of 2000 it was attractive to some from the outside but it’s also challenging to us as an executive committee because there’s a requirement in terms of our contracts of suppliers and sponsors.

“Where sometimes a minimum of 2000 or 3000 tickets must be given to the sponsors – so how do you divide that number? Take into account also the allocation of what has been allowed for teams to invite into the stadium.”

“The executive consciously decided that it’s better that we leave this to sponsors and maintain the numbers that have been operative so that it makes it easier for us to manage until the numbers increase – that is why he had left it without changing.”

Khoza also confirmed that the Covid-19 protocol for the newly formed tournament in January will follow the same strict regulations as the current set-up for DStv Premiership and domestic cup ties.

“I think the protocols that are applying in our league will apply to those players who will be coming to camp, we always insist on clubs that before the start of every season, or tournament there must be testing,” he confirmed.

“That information must be sent to the chief medical officer of the league, the same will happen for the players coming to camp.

“All protocols will apply that applies in the league to make sure they [the players] are safe and the environment they will be in – we make sure it’s properly monitored and allowing no person from outside to be part of that set-up.”

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