The newspaper article, published on September 28, claims and quotes an unnamed club official that the medical form submitted by clubs to the PSL upon a player’s registration is merely a “yes or no” medical form.
This is incorrect, says PSL CEO, Kjetil Siem, in a statement released.
Siem states that the form requires the doctor to do a thorough examination of the player, including cardio vascular tests, respiratory system tests, gastro-intestinal tests, ENT tests and musculoskeletal tests before declaring the player mentally and physically fit to play in the League.
He adds that while the League is saddened by the death of AmaZulu player, Siyabonga Mkhwanazi, the PSL refutes the Sunday World claims that the compulsory medical test procedures required to register a player is flawed.
“We need to talk about this issue in respect of the tragedy and circumstances for the family and the club, but I can confirm that the player did pass the required medical tests stipulated by the League.
“The player’s death highlights at the same time, that we, the soccer family, need to look into the fact that we might have to obligate ourselves to employ full time medical personnel in each club,” added the Norwegian.
“The expense of taking care of our players is of course nothing compared to the potential loss of a player’s life.”