In a document seen by #FARPost, Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa says footballers can start training on condition that #COVID19 safety measures are put in place.
The document was released on June 11, which states clearly what football authorities need to do to get government approval to resume training and ultimately, play football behind closed doors.
Following FARPost‘s publication of the document snippets on social media, Black Leopards official Chief Thidiela responded: “This was mentioned weeks ago, as draft recommendations,the only difference is that it only comes into effect once it’s gazzetted. Plans have been done and sent.”
However, what the document shows are the things that should be done in order to get approval from the government and this had not been in the public domain until now.
The PSL expects to soon get a response from the government after sending their operational plan, which apparently happened some weeks ago.
It’s hoped that local football, at least at PSL level – Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship – will return to training and ultimately, conclude the season behind closed doors.
The SA Football Association (SAFA), meanwhile, has always maintained it would abide by a government directive in allowing football to return and as such, if the PSL gets the green light from the government, SAFA wouldn’t have a problem with the PSL getting back on the field, but must do so by following the strict measures to ensure the safety of the parties involved.
In sending the operational plan, the PSL was also expected to make recommendations on dates for the resumption of the respective Leagues.
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