Cape Town City chairman John Comitis has launched a scathing attack on the City of Cape Town and the management of Cape Town Stadium.
This comes after the Citizens were forced to move a crucial fixture away from the 2010 FIFA World Cup venue to Athlone Stadium this week.
“It is with great anger and frustration that the much-anticipated first Western Cape derby between Cape Town City and Stellenbosch FC has been moved out of the Cape Town Stadium,” said Comitis in a club statement.
“This follows confirmation by the Cape Town Stadium yesterday [Monday], four days before the major event, that the field has in fact not been prepared for the start of the season and is unplayable for football.
“This is yet another negligent and careless undermining of football in Cape Town by the Cape Town Stadium management.”
Comitis further points out that the “multi-year” contract between the football club and the stadium is currently in its fourth year, and arrangements for the use of the venue was made as early as June, but this has since not been honoured.
“Could one imagine a situation where the Sevens Rugby or a Music Concert was called off four days before a booked event at the Cape Town Stadium? It is impossible because it would not happen, and litigation would follow,” he continued.
“Whatever is needed to ensure the pitch is ready, it can always be done. And that is my point: football doesn’t matter to the Cape Town Stadium.
“It is ironic considering the time I spent with the PSL and SAFA working on the 2010 Football World Cup bid, from which the stadium was built. 10 years later and football is still the poor relative in Cape Town.
“How long can our venues be managed by people who don’t understand the cultural and historical value of football in our society? Is this the best Cape Town can do?”
Comitis also further goes on to stress the millions of rands of losses incurred by both the club and sport due to the failure to uphold sponsorship, broadcast and hospitality service agreements entered into prior to the event.