PSL supporters banned until 2021?


SAFA has updated its stance around the current suspension of football in the country and subsequently set conditions for when and how the PSL can return to action.

There has been no talk from the League's side with regards to the way forward for the Absa Premiership, Glad Africa Championship and Multichoice Diski Challenge this season.

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These competitions have all been suspended indefinitely since March 16, when President Cyril Ramaphosa initially announced a national state of disaster over the coronavirus pandemic.

The country has since gone into a state of total lockdown, which was initially set for 21 days but Ramaphosa last week extended this to 35 days.

This means no football will be played under any circumstances before May, pushing the PSL executive committee and its appointed task force to continue deliberating on contingency measures.

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However, the national association, which presides over all football bodies in the country including its special member, has since issued a directive that football will not be considered for resumption until such a time as national government lifts domestic travel restrictions.

"Football is an activity business based on the health of the participants, a point FIFA President, Gianni Infantino emphasised this week. If there is any threat to the health of the players, there should not be any football," read a statement from SAFA.

"It is also clear that domestic competitions can only proceed on two conditions; that being Government's declaration that it is safe to do so and that domestic flights are reinstituted.

"These conditions depend on a declaration by the Government on the period of lockdown and depending on normal operations by domestic airlines, as well as other service providers to the football industry."

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Furthermore, the attendance of fans at football matches will be prohibited until such a time that a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus is available, which may be ready in 2021 according to some reports.

"We believe that the return of fans to the stadiums should coincide with the availability of the vaccine for COVID-19. In this regard, we note that tests have already commenced in various parts of the world," SAFA further stated.

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