| PSL to hold ‘urgent meeting’ following Ramaphosa’s nation address

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) will hold an “urgent meeting” with the executive committee following the coronavirus outbreak in the country as the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosaaddressed the nation on Sunday evening.

“The Premier Soccer League, the largest event organiser in South Africa, in its response to the State President’s announcement that gatherings of more than 100 people be prohibited,” the PSL said in a statement released.

After the meeting a “press conference will be held to announce the details of its programme going forward” as the PSL are one of the only few operating leagues worldwide since the coronavirus outbreak.

Ramaphosa declared the virus outbreak as a “national disaster” as he implemented the closure of South Africa’s borders to all foreign nationals as of Wednesday, 18 March.

The number of confirmed cases increased over the weekend to 61 individuals testing positive for COVID-19, Ramaphosa revealed in his nationwide address.

Europe’s top five leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 – have already suspended all matches until April where continued deliberation will be ongoing.

The Uefa Champions League and Europa League has also been postponed with Uefa in discussions to reschedule the upcoming Euro 2020 spectacle set for June and July.

It is expected that the PSL will follow suit and suspend all matches including Cup games to curb the spread if the deadly virus.

– Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien

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