The Premier Soccer League have denied that supporters will be allowed to return to stadiums after a recent address from President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Fans have been unable to access stadiums since the first lockdown in March 2020 but with signs of the Covid-19 pandemic being controlled with the vaccination rollout moving at a faster pace, there have been suggestions of change in Mzansi.
The upcoming Soweto derby on November 6 was reported to have been targeted for allowing fans to return while the South African Football Association (SAFA) are set to allow a limited amount of fully vaccinated fans to attend home games for the senior a national team.
And further optimism was created by the president's address last night with the firm message of no vaccine no entry, but the PSL have now confirmed no spectators will be allowed in the DStv Premiership or GladAfrica Championship soon.
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There have been suggestions, after the President’s address on Thursday 30 September 2021, that it might be possible to allow a limited number of spectators to attend upcoming PSL matches.
Unfortunately, the new Disaster Management Act regulations continue to prohibit spectators at matches.
Section 69 (10) of the regulations requires “strict adherence” to the provisions which have limited those permitted at matches to persons strictly necessary for the match.
Sub-section 69 (10) (d) expressly confirms that “no spectators are allowed at the venue of the sports match” and subsections 12 and 13 make attendance (and permitting attendance) a criminal offence.
It is important that all PSL supporters and fans understand this.
The League Covid-19 protocol and the process which regulates the persons who are permitted to attend matches will remain in place until such time as there are new regulatory changes.