Jordaan sets earliest PSL kick-off date

Premiership

SAFA president Danny Jordaan has reiterated their stance that the PSL must remain closed but provided some hope for the season to resume.

Jordaan addressed the media at its headquarters today to make the public aware once again that resuming the Absa Premiership, GladAfrica Championship or MultiChoice Diski challenge would be ill-advised.

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"SAFA, and no one else, runs football in the country, in accordance with CAF and FIFA statutes. We are in a crisis and it is upon us as SAFA to provide guidance," stressed Jordaan.

"SAFA's decision is final and binding. We will now write to CAF and FIFA on position taken by SAFA to keep our people safe."

The PSL is set to make a decision on the rest of the season on Thursday after their Board of Governors meeting, but Jordan has set a date of April 4 as the earliest the league can resume.

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"We also have an obligation to safeguard the health of our referees who mostly use public transport to go and officiate games," added the SAFA boss.

This week's fixtures have been postponed but there has been talk about resuming domestic fixtures behind closed doors next week, particularly after the latest statements made by Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa, who has advocated for a behind-closed-doors resumption.

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However, SAFA doctor Thulani Ngwenya again reiterated the association's warnings that playing behind closed doors is not an option for PSL matches in light of European football's failure to contain the COVID-19 virus under the same conditions.

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