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Does The PSL Have A Contingency Plan?

Yes, but with talks "behind the scenes" ongoing, the League’s emergency strategy remains confi­dential.

That was CEO Mato Madlala’s stance when contacted by the Siya crew on how the Coronavirus is af­fecting the PSL following the sus­pension of football matches in an already fragile economy.

"Our chairman (Irvin Khoza) had a meeting with the sponsors before lockdown and, at the time, we were discussing the possibility of playing behind closed doors. We discussed our wish to finish the season by June 30 along with the board of governors, as you know, and we said we are flexible depending on what the government says. It was all dependent on following regula­tions," Madlala explained.

President Cyril Ramaphosa or­dered that, unless it is an essential service, there will be no movement in the country until April 16.

That automatically meant that there would be no football, and that players and coaches would have to wait before returning to the train­ing pitch and be confined to their homes.

"But this applies to any of the corporates and companies who are in this same lockdown situation. If this carries on for longer, everyone starts panicking. It is not only lim­ited to soccer. If we say there is no contingency plan, it’s like we are sitting on our hands and not work­ing behind the scenes.

"Those discussions are happening behind the scenes, but the mandate we have for now is to finish by June 30. We can’t sit as a leader­ship and do nothing. I know for a fact that the chairman hasn’t stopped working behind the scenes – but those discussions are confidential."

Madlala did not backtrack on the League’s promise to continue paying the R2 million monthly grants to all 16 teams, but admit­ted that the concern is not know­ing for certain on when things will return to normality – that cuts into their revenue!

"We said to the clubs ‘for now’, and that is our approach," she added. “We cannot stand in front of them and say irrespective of when we finish the season their grants are safe because we don’t know how long this (COVID-19) is going to last. So, with every­thing we are saying or commit­ting to at the moment, we say 'for now'. We have delivered the same message to the PSL staff. It is like the UIF – we know that’s for six months and, after that, things change."

READ ON: Which Clubs Could Be The Hardest Hit?

In this 10 article Siya special:

1)  COVID-19: PSL Club Bosses Fear Economic Collapse! 

2) First Glance, Clubs Are Safe…For Now

3) The Big Question: Impact On Sponsorship Deals

4) Does The PSL Have A Contingency Plan?

5) Which Clubs Could Be The Hardest Hit?

6)  The Wheel Needs To Keep Spinning – Kadodia

7) The Industry Will Collapse – Comitis

8) There Is A Deficit In TV Coverage – Matthews

9) Economic Landscape: Who The Biggest Losers Could Be

10) Watch This Space: COVID-19: PSL club bosses fear economic collapse! 

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