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PSL matches to be played behind closed doors amid coronavirus crisis – Mthethwa – NewsASAP
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PSL matches to be played behind closed doors amid coronavirus crisis – Mthethwa

Games will take place without spectators due to the Covid-19 outbreak according to the government official

Premier Soccer League (PSL) action is set to resume despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. 

This comes after a meeting between local sports leaders and the country’s Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday.

South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordan and PSL chairman Irvin Khoza were part of the meeting which was aimed at finding solutions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster as Covid-19 continues to spread across the country and the PSL decided to suspend the league until further notice on Monday.

However, Mthethwa has now announced local football competitions can be played behind closed doors.

“It is not in two weeks or a week, it is now. We have said that, firstly we need the chairman and others in the leadership of sport to raise their voices against this pandemic,” Mthethwa stated in the press conference.

“Therefore, they will continue with their matches, which will be without spectators, and they will finish the season.”

Mthethwa stated the league clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits which was scheduled to be played on Wednesday can now go ahead as scheduled.

“The most important thing for us, as they do that, is they will be spreading the message to fight against this pandemic,” he continued.

“So, there is no confusion. Even if we are going to reach a point where there are no matches, that will be gradually phased in.

“But as we speak, they can have their match tomorrow [Wednesday] with no spectators though.”

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