Absa Premiership

Tlale: Suspending PSL the right call

2020-03-17 09:37
John Tlale (Gallo Images)

Former Bafana Bafana international John Tlale believes Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson Irvin Khoza was correct to suspend the league due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tlale, who won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations with South Africa, reckons it's not worth risking the health of players and supporters in order to keep the league running.

"I think it's a good decision because we all know we are under this risk and it's a good thing to suspend the matches in order for the players to be safe because this is dangerous," Tlale told Goal.

"It's going to affect the players and everyone involved in football but life is very important that everything else. Games will always be there but we cannot guarantee our lives.

"I think it's a good decision that Mr. Khoza came up with and I think we can learn from all the other countries around the world. I think we can manage this situation better."

He added: "I think this is the best decision to suspend the games because going on to play the games behind closed doors will still leave the players exposed.

"This might affect the whole team and the opposition, in the end, we are talking about the lives of the people or the payers. They will still come into contact with each other and that's risky.

"Once everything is in order, then football can go on. It's a big blow to the supporters because they were looking forward to the games especially the one between Sundowns and Pirates."

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