The Premier Soccer League has revealed that nothing has changed regarding fans’ return to football stadiums despite Safa insisting it is trying to get fans back in for Bafana Bafana games.
The two football bodies again look to be taking opposing positions, with the one suggesting fans could return soon while the other insists nothing has changed.
Supporters were given new hope this week that they could return to the stadium after Safa president Dr Danny Jordaan revealed they are meeting with the health department to discuss the matter of fans at Bafana games.
“Bafana Bafana are the hearts and emotions of South African fans and my visit is to remind them of the place they hold within society, the hope they bring and the smiles they’re able to put on the faces of the fans,” Jordaan told Safa.
“As Safa, we have decided to do our best so that the team delivers their best. They’ll be chartered to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, and leave immediately after the match back home, for them to focus on the job at hand.
“We had a great meeting with the Department of Health who will on Thursday guide the way in how we will achieve this, and do it in a manner that we all still remain safe. It will be a marvel to see fans back in the stands.”
Despite Jordaan’s statements, the PSL has moved quickly to dispel talk of fans returning for league games in the country for what would be the first time since March 2020.
Reports suggested that the upcoming Soweto derby on 6 November was potentially targeted for fans’ return, however, that now looks unlikely.
Bafana, though, are seeking special dispensation from the health department to allow a limited amount of fully vaccinated fans to attend home games for the senior national team.
The PSL, however, looks set to remain with out fans for some time.
The statement in full:
PSL MEDIA STATEMENT ON COVID-19 MATCH DAY REGULATIONS: pic.twitter.com/poi5VxKWrq
— Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) October 6, 2021
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