Nathi Mthethwa warns PSL
Minister of Art and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa has told the Premier Soccer League that he will shut down the league if all protocol isn’t followed.
Local football is set to resume this weekend with Nedbank Cup fixtures set to take place and Mthethwa has stated that they have placed strict monitoring standards.
“An internal monitoring team has been on the ground and monitored 11 PSL football clubs who received permission to train,” he expressed during a press briefing.
He further added that “All teams have taken all necessary measures to comply with the plans that they have submitted.”
He continued to communicate that the government still holds the power to put a standstill on all sport in the country if the right COVID -19 rules aren’t followed.
“We have also considered the return to play of contact sport, and we are pleased that the DOH has concurred with the proposal for football to return to completing the season behind closed doors, in a biologically safe environment, which is a closed environment of the procured hotels, transport hubs, training grounds, and stadiums,” he added.
The PSL submitted their plans of how they’re planning to resume business as usual without influencing the spike of COVID-19 infections.
“The compliance officers of both Safa and PSL will work together and ensure that all measures comply with the commitments made by the PSL in their submissions to government”.