Cape Town City chairman John Comitis says for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to avoid legal battles and drama, the 2019/20 season will have to be completed.
Like in all other countries around the world, all football activities in South Africa have been put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We have to come back strongly and keep training on our own until they give us a go ahead because we must be ready because the season must finish. We have a responsibility to our players, and we couldn’t allow this industry to perish,” said Comitis.
“It must, it must (continue) you’ve got teams that are in the relegation zone, you got teams ready to get promoted.
“Everybody has to be level-headed during this period you know, it’s easy to take a strong position but the solution is not going to be the one you are looking for. At the end of the day everybody is in this together and everybody has to find some compromise,” he said.
“So, between the sponsors, the League, the clubs, the clubs sponsors, the players, players contracts everybody has to participate. It’s not something where one guy can be the tough guy and everybody else must just follow through because, it’s not a solution for anyone.
“Everybody is going to have problems from different arrears, we can’t underestimate everybody’s issues. The sponsors that sponsor the club they also have their issues, you know we got a betting company (as a sponsor), there’s no sports so they can’t place any bets you know.
“You must understand their revenue has stopped, but we are demanding that they pay the sponsorship, that’s also unreasonable. So, everybody has to cooperate here,” added the City chairman.
“Otherwise what will happen is, if the one guy gets too tough and too strong, then the whole thing will collapse one by one. it’s time to sit around the table and discuss these things, and nobody has to take legal positions, that’s probably the last thing that has to happen,” he concluded.
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By Musa Nhlapo