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The Madness Of Club Relocation

It is a sensitive topic in South African football, yet it is a subject that comes up all too often: the buying and selling of club statuses that usually precedes a renaming and relocation of that club, leaving the supporters stranded in the wake of destruction.

Many supporters have stated their outrage at the whole business of it and believe that supporters can only protect themselves by following bigger teams.

"This is one of the main reasons why I'll never trade Chiefs for any Limpopo club, no matter what the circumstances. Polokwane City were known as Bay United a few years ago, they might be named Julius Malema City if Juju becomes president one day. So, I'll forever remain a Khosi." – matome_kay

Others have made a massive shoutout to the powers that be to implement a ruling similar to that in English football, whereby a club may trade owners but not names and places.

"Businesspeople are like hyenas; any opportunity to make money, they will use it. Worse, if there are loopholes like what is happening in SA football. I've said this before, the English way is the best way if PSL or SAFA care about the fans and supporters, not to mention small businesses in those areas. The renaming and relocation of teams is RIDICULOUS to say the least!" – axepatosi

"The only bad idea is to relocate and rename, other than that business is business, but we (fans) should come first. SAFA must put up a non-relocating or -renaming rule." – Zax5_Bucs

Then there are those who feel the owners owe the supporters no explanations; it is their business after all.

"Why do they have to care about supporters when they're doing their business? Really? Football is a business, guys, and they are the ones feeling pain paying the stuff in the team... They did sell it because they did not have enough to pursue the team anymore... They are not like Pirates and Chiefs, who have many sponsors." – Nyeleti

What is your opinion on this matter? Should we have a ruling similar to the English one? Or is it just business?

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