JOHANNESBURG : The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has dished bad news to football fans in South Africa by denying that supporters will be allowed to return to stadiums after the recent address from President Cyril Ramaphosa.
During the address last week, the President has moved South Africa to alert level 1 lockdown which allowed more people to gather.
The changes that came with level 1 saw the number of people that were permitted to gather indoors extended from 250 to 750 while those who are allowed to gather outdoors increased from 500 to a staggering 2000.
These numbers brought hope to South African football fans and supporters, who have not been able to go Stadiums since March 2020 due to the CoronaVirus pandemic outbreak.
There was a glimmer of hope for the fans, especially those who have vaccinated, after the South African Football Association ( SAFA) President Danny Jordan promised that football supporters, especially those who are vaccinated will be given free tickets and will be allowed to a game involving South Africa's national team Bafana Bafana as they lock horns with Ethiopia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on the 12th of October.
But a statement from the Premier Soccer League released on Wednesday afternoon dismissed all the suggestions that football fans could soon support their teams from the stands.
"Sub-section 69 (10) (d) expressly confirms that no spectators are allowed at the venue of the sports match,” read part of the statement.
PSL further said that part of its subsections clear state that going to Stadiums is a criminal offense.
"Subsections 12 and 13 make attendance (and permitting attendance) a criminal offence.
"It is important that all PSL supporters and fans understand this."
This will no doubt be bad news for the fans, who were anticipated to return to Soccer Stadiums following a 19 - month hiatus.
This means DStv Premiership, MTN 8, Nedbank Cup and Glad Africa Championship games will continue without fans until further notice.
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