Jordaan reiterates his stance on resuming league behind closed doors


The South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan has reiterated that resuming the Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches behind closed doors shouldn’t be an option.

Jordaan and SAFA have repeatedly stated that football can only re-start at level one of the national lockdown as indicated by the government that professional sport would only return at level one and South Africa is currently in level four.

While, the PSL formed a Task Team to look at the possibilities of returning at an earlier stage, preferability at level three.

In an attempt to find common ground, SAFA and the PSL have formed a joint Task Team to investigate “the possibility of when it is ideal to start the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship matches”.

“The next match for example is between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, huge impact on the league decider match,” said Jordaan.

“Now that match would have filled up FNB Stadium with 90,000 spectators, you say no it is going to be played behind closed doors, now those 90,000 spectators where are they going? Asked the SAFA President.

According to Jordaan, football spectators are likely go to the streets if their teams win games or the league and by doing that, the deadly coronavirus will only spread a lot more.

“Each one must sit in their house and watch the TV, if Sundowns win they must not come out in the streets, if Pirates win, they must not come out in the streets, they must stay at home, how it is going to work? Concluded Jordaan.

The Absa Premiership was suspended almost two months ago following the outbreak of the coronavirus and the number of confirmed positive cases continue to increase.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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