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Rugby, soccer row spreads

Rugby, soccer row spreads

Posted: 18 February 2009 Time: 11:17 am

It seems the on-going row between Mpumalanga Black Aces and the rugby authorities controlling the Pumas Stadium in Witbank has spread to the Eastern Province, where the wrangle between Bay United and the EP Rugby Union could see the club moving to East London.

Umlilo officials revealed to the Daily Dispatch yesterday that they were strongly considering the possibility of hosting their remaining PSL matches at East London’s Absa Stadium as a means of reducing costs.

Since last week’s stadium fiasco, when EPRU officials allegedly locked some stadium offices and thereby disrupted Bay’s preparations, Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality and Bay officials have been holding high-level talks to resolve the impasse.

Bay officials allege that EPRU resorted to such drastic measures as claiming the club owed them R174 000 (plus VAT) for their three previous home matches.

Bay spokesperson Vuyo Mvoko said that while the negotiations “were going well” thus far, they could not rule out the possibility of moving to East London.

“It remains a consideration. The Metro have come forward with a proposal which we are considering,” he said. “The proposal on the table demonstrates a level of seriousness on their part, but affordability and accessibility to host our home games at the EPRU are our major concerns.

“It is much cheaper to host games in East London and this is not only because of what the Buffalo City Municipality is able to provide, but because of the infrastructure available to us.”

Mvoko said this week that they hoped to finalise the matter soon.

It costs the PSL rookies outfit close to R200 000 to play at the EPRU, the home of the Mighty Elephants, in Port Elizabeth. The Border Rugby Football Union, proprietors of the Absa Stadium, charge a basic rate of R7 500, with Bay only being asked to take care of the field markings.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 12:06 pm
NO NO NO...THATS TOO MUCH MONEY
WHY BAY U DONT USE WILFSON STADIUM???

LAST SEASON WHILE THEY WERE IN THE FIRST DIV THEY WERE PLAYING THEIR HOMEGAMES THERE. EPRFU STADIUM IS FAR R30 FOR TRANSPORT AND YOU HAV TO BUY A TICKET.

PEOPLE WANT TO GO AND SUPPORT THE LOCAL TALENT SUCH AS ZAMUXOLO NGALO(MY NEIGHBOUR) MAYO, LIZO GENU, MAZANA AND SONGWIQI. BUT NOW THE MANAGEMENT DONT WANT 2TAKE THE GAME 2THE PEOPLE.. AND ARE DEPRIVING THE SAME PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED THEM WHILE CAMPAIGNIG IN THE FIRST DIV

Anonymous
posted: 12:14 pm
racism, apartheid wil never end in south africa. boers jey kak.
Anonymous
posted: 02:23 pm
Gent, you know we have lots of trouble with these rugby unions. I was mad when I 1st heard the story but come to think of it, are our club officials telling us the "whole story" or just what we want to hear?

Eg. If the rubgy union is renting the staduim from the council at R100 000 a month. Is it fair that our officials only want to pay R1000 rand per game at the staduim?

If the club officials want to pay a reasonable amount, thats good but if they want to be cheap, thats bad. However if the rugby union are simply being racist then that boils my blood.
Anonymous
posted: 02:51 pm
The mere fact that the can be tjreats to the beatiful game 'DISKI" soccer boils my blood. Even if Bay united owe something. That rugby club has no right to make the majority loved sport in this country not be allowed there. Enough is enough. Soccer never had such kind of stadiums because of someone was preventing that. And now someone, Rugby officials are doing that?

All in the love of Diski
Bruno-Always
posted: 02:53 pm
The spread of this selfishness is taking the direction of the sun. It started in the east (Mpumalanga) to the west (Cape). BBK wrote a wonderful article on 1 of his articles about this. Who owns the infrastructure, Union or Metro? 14yrs in democracy please guys lets not pass this hatred 2 the next generation.
Anonymous
posted: 09:42 am
the rugby officials behaviour smacks of greed and racism. shame on the rugby officials for what they are doing to the rainbow nation.
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