Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura has called on the SA Football Association and the government to authorise the return of spectators at stadiums in the country.
Samoura is in South Africa with Fifa Women’s Football Officer, Sarai Bareman and the football’s world governing body duo met Safa president Dr Danny Jordaan, CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe and Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday.
The Fifa SG has advised Minister Mthethwa to start processes in order to get supporters back into the country’s stadiums while also encouraging people to get vaccinated.
“Spectators are the most critical stakeholders in the sport and the earlier they return to the stadiums the better,’’ Samoura told the government and Safa delegation.
Meanwhile, Mthethwa believes it is about time spectators return to the stadiums. But it might only be those who are vaccinated that are allowed to enter.
The Sports Minister also stated that he would begin the process by engaging all the stakeholders including Safa, PSL and the clubs.
And Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla echoed the words of Mthethwa. “So, what we are exploring is the possibility where, with some kind of confirmation that you have been vaccinated, we could start up opening up various activities, sports, cultural, and more businesses and other get-togethers,” he said.
“People are hungry for entertainment, for music festivals, to go to Orlando Stadium to go and watch a soccer match. To say, if you are vaccinated, so many people can go to the soccer stadium to watch a match.”
By FARPost Reporter