Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has given the go-ahead for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches to be played behind closed doors during this period.
Mthethwa says given the sponsorship and broadcasting commitments of the league and also the need to spread the message against this pandemic, the league can continue with their programme behind closed doors. Mthethwa explains:
The decision to give the PSL the go-ahead with their programme behind closed doors is also proving to be unpopular with the public.
Mthethwa had also earlier commended the PSL for introducing ideas like not shaking of hands before the start of the game.
In the audio below, Mthethwa explains:
But vehemently opposed to this idea of playing behind closed doors is SAFA president Dr Danny Jordaan, who still feels that it’s not safe and he counts the stories of Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager and Spanish giants Valencia where 35% of their team contracted the coronavirus.
Jordaan says he will be meeting PSL Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza on Wednesday where they will be deliberating on this issue. Audio:
– Report by Velile Mnyandu