The Premier Soccer League has informed clubs that there will be a limit to the number of persons each club can bring into the “bio bubble” in Gauteng ahead of the expected 2019/20 restart this weekend.
SAFA still has to approve the proposed dates for the fixtures, especially following an impasse between the two bodies over when football can resume – the mother body arguing that it was impractical to play again before August 1.
It said referees needed more time.
Irvin Khoza, the chairman of the PSL, confirmed on Monday that Gauteng had been chosen as the location for all 32 teams in the Absa Premiership and the GladAfrica Championship and added that the league would cover the costs.
But he did stress that the PSL would only help those who can’t afford it with an agreement that the monies would be recovered through their monthly grants at a later stage.
Top tier clubs received R2.5-million a month, while their lower division rivals pocket R500 000, but the costs in the “bio bubble” would be the same for everyone.
The Siya crew has seen a document sent to all clubs by acting CEO Mato Madlala regarding costs for Covid-19 testing and accommodation.
AMPATH laboratories are the designated onsite testing centre and standard rates will apply, the memo to member clubs said, adding that the PSL would be more than willing to assist the teams financially, but recover payment in due course.
Covid-19 tests cost R850 per person.
The same applies with accommodation, where each club is only allowed to bring 50 people into the “bio bubble” and it is understood the league has partnered with Tsogo Sun.
At a rate of R1379 per night teams bringing a full capacity personnel will could very well be spending the equivalent of the top flight monthly grant.
Teams who can’t afford to cover their own costs – lower division clubs who have already cut salaries expected to be the hardest hit, will receive financial assistance from the league, but would have to pay the money back later, Khoza said.
It’s believed the PSL will spend around R130-million in the six weeks that clubs are in the “bio bubble” to conclude the season.
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