The South African Football Association has announced that the women’s football league has been suspended with immediate effect.
In a combined statement both SABC and league sponsor Hollywoodbets vowed to put lives first, in agreeing to suspend the league.
“Following an urgent meeting held between the South African Football Association (SAFA), the league’s sponsor Hollywoodbets and our broadcast partner, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), a decision has been taken to suspend the Hollywoodbets Super League games with immediate effect.
“This is coming from recommendations made by the SAFA Chief Medical Officer, Dr Thulani Ngwenya who is also our Compliance Officer.”
In reaching this decision, the following issues were taken into consideration:
- The alarming daily increases in the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the country
- Players participating in this league now testing positive per reports from various teams and
- The difficulty in containing the new delta variant which is much more infectious.
“The suspension of this league will assist in managing and controlling the surge of this pandemic, while preserving the lives of players, team management, match officials and other stakeholders.
“The SABC is aligned with the current government regulations and the need to take all steps necessary to restrict the transmission of the Covid-19 virus.
“We need to take all steps necessary to ensure the players in the Hollywoodbets Super League and everyone involved in the broadcast thereof, remain safe during this challenging period.”
“Because of this, we fully support the decision of SAFA to temporarily suspend the league,” said Gary Rathbone, General Manager for Sport at the SABC.
Sandisiwe Bhengu, Hollywoodbets Commercial Manager also concurred;
“Hollywoodbets supports putting the safety of the Hollywoodbets Super League players, coaching staff and all stakeholders first.”
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter