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SAFA confirms football can return under strict guidelines


The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed that football could return very soon but only under strict health regulations.

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After discussions between Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, SAFA head Danny Jordaan, and the PSL’s governing body, football has been given the green light to return to action, as long as health protocols are followed to mitigate the threat posed by COVID-19.

“According to Government Gazette promulgated by Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture on 11 June 2020, under the Disaster Management Act of 2002, football can resume training after complying with the regulations,” read a SAFA statement.

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“These regulations entail among others that all teams need to test for COVID-19 and chronic medical conditions (As stipulated in the Football return to training protocol adopted by the SAFA Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) and results must be sent to the Compliance Officer.

“Disinfection of the training venue is mandatory, so is the daily screening of COVID-19 symptoms for all those involved.

“All teams are encouraged to undertake strict hand and respiratory hygiene and have a consulting Doctor at all times as stipulated in the return to football protocol adopted by JLC.

“There should be continuous education about COVID-19 and the Federation must appoint a compliance officer in writing.”

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