The South African Football Association (SAFA) has ratified the decision to suspend matches in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) due to corona virus (COVID-19) fears.
South Africa’s Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation Nathi Mthethwa had on Tuesday, March 17 recommended that PSL matches be played behind closed doors owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The issue was extensively discussed by the PSL Board of Governors on Thursday and it was agreed that all top flight games be suspended immediately.
An official statement on SAFA’s official website, www.safa.net noted that the position reached by the PSL Board of Governors is in line with SAFA’s call to do so.
“The South African Football Association (SAFA) has noted and welcomes the decision of the PSL Board of Governors to suspend all matches in line with the Association’s call to do so.
“SAFA raised two important matters: (i) that all matches must be postponed and (ii) that the health and interest of the players and all persons involved be observed during this crisis period,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the President of SAFA, Dr Danny Jordaan, took the time to thank the State President and the Minister of Sports for taking a proactive initiative to safeguard the interest and health of various football stakeholders.
South Africa has taken early and important steps on its outbreak to introduce measures in line with many Asian countries – with policies on the tougher, more restrictive end of the spectrum.
The country has already closed down schools, and has placed a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.