Update issued on Covid-19 infected refs

Premiership

SAFA has declared that match officials are ready for the much-anticipated re-start of the 2019/20 PSL season, which kicks off on Saturday.

The League was hoping to return last month but plans were deferred to August 8 after SAFA pleaded for more time to prepare the referees and assistants, who had been out of action for more than three months.

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Three cases of Covid-19 were initially reported when the match officials assembled in Sandton a few weeks ago, but SAFA acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has since confirmed that all those infected have recovered and are ready to take to the pitch.

The season will re-commence on Saturday with two Nedbank Cup semi-final fixtures at Orlando Stadium, before the GladAfrica Championship resumes on Sunday, followed by the Absa Premiership next week Tuesday.

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“The preparations went well because, remember that there are those that have been tested [recently] and they are going into the bubble today [Friday],” Motlanthe tells KickOff.com

“So the mood is fine and everything is fine, and we have been working very well with the league. Even those [match officials who earlier tested positive] have recovered.”

Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and Baroka FC have already checked into the BSE in Johannesburg, with Bloemfontein Celtic expected to touch down this evening ahead of the Nedbank Cup semi final fixtures at Orlando Stadium tomorrow.

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