Pitched battle: Safa and the PSL are headed for a viral clash

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Pitched battle: Safa and the PSL are headed for a viral clash

It looks like another chapter in the age-old fight for ultimate authority of the game in SA has been opened

Soccer writer

The Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) board of governors meets in Johannesburg on Thursday to take a decision on the immediate future of professional soccer in SA, facing some compelling decisions while coming under conflicting pressures at a time of unprecedented crisis.

As the coronavirus threat grows, there is a growing sentiment among club owners‚ many of whom have spoken on condition of anonymity‚ to get the league restarted behind closed doors next week‚ fuelled by a nod of approval on Tuesday from sports minister Nathi Mthethwa.

But any such decision runs the risk of a damaging public backlash and also head-to-head confrontations with the SA Football Association (Safa)‚ which has decided to suspend all football in the country in response to the Covid-19 pandemic...

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