Gavin Lane: don’t play matches behind closed doors

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Orlando Pirates legend Gavin Lane says playing football games behind closed doors is a nightmare any footballer wouldn’t like to face.

The Absa Premiership and the GladAfrica Championship are set to resume next week following the Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa’s recommendation that football can be played behind closed doors.

However, the final decision rests with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the League has called an urgent Board of Governors meeting involving all the 32 member clubs of the League, set for Thursday, 19 March to decide on a way forward.

“Obviously I mean playing behind closed doors is a nightmare for any player,” Lane says.

“Because you know if you play and you got your fans on your side…as a player I would hate to play behind closed doors because you know it motivates you if you got spectators.

“I would rather say let’s get everything under control until we know everyone’s safety is all good. Don’t play any matches, especially behind closed doors, I mean it’s a nightmare for any player man, “added Lane.

“Obviously for us sports men it’s bad because there’s nothing to watch on TV anymore, even to go to games nothing you know what I mean.

“But yes, I think for precautioning measures and for everyone’s health and safety. We just have to go with the rules of everyone what they say, hopefully they find a cure or some kind of a tablet or whatever,” he concluded.

By Musa Nhlapo 

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