LOC, Safa, PSL slam violence on foreigners

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Jordaan was speaking after the three top local soccer bodies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) deepening and strengthening relations between them ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Safa, the PSL and the 2010 LOC signed the agreement yesterday.

Jordaan told Bua News that the MoU does not relate to anything that happens on the field, but rather “off-the-field" issues that involve the three soccer bodies.

“Beyond 2010, we are looking to build the skill, capabilities and confidence of players in South Africa. We therefore needed to take those steps as the CEOs of all three soccer bodies in South Africa, and it is from an operational standpoint that we will work together.

“It is off the field that we will work together and deepen our relationships.”

Commenting on the recent attacks on foreign nationals in townships throughout the Gauteng that have killed more than 20 people and left thousands displaced, Jordaan said they had just launched the ‘Ke Nako’ campaign - which means celebrate Africa’s humanity - and it was from the view that the violence was condemned.

He said the violence was in total contradiction to the recently programme which celebrate the continent's diversity and humanity.

“What pains us further is we are talking about people who live in dire social economic circumstances as are having further hardships and punishment inflicted on them.

“We want to welcome the world to South Africa for the World Cup, and we can only say that we feel sympathy for those who are once again displaced.”

Explaining the MoU, Safa CEO Raymond Hack said, “This agreement is long overdue. I doubt there is another country in the world where we have such passionate people working to bring the world cup to the people of South Africa.”

The MoU aims to strengthen relations between the three soccer bodies in terms of media and marketing strategies, security, match organisation, events management, protocol, accreditation, transport and logistics, and volunteer recruitment and deployment.

PSL CEO Kjetil Siem said it was a dream come true for the League.

“We are aware that we are not directly responsible for arrangements and organisation of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup or the world cup, but we just want to be of assistants and part of it.

“We would like to use the opportunity of the world cup as a tool to improve the skill of footballers within the country.

“While the world cup will bolster football infrastructure in South Africa for many years to come, it is capable management of the structures that are left behind which will ensure the growth and positive development of the game of football.”

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