PSL shows enthusiam on SASFA's proposal on rooting out holiganism



IN a bid to exert its effort to root-out hooliganism in football, the South African Football Supporters’ Association (SAFSA) has finally tabled its anti-hooliganism plan at a meeting held between SAFSA and PSL’s Chief Operations Officer, Professor Ronnie Schloss. The meeting was held at the PSL offices on Wednesday morning.


The PSL Operations Chief had received with great delight and enthusiasm, the proposals SAFSA has made to the PSL and promised to table the proposal before the Executive Committee of the PSL, for a decision.


“We recognize 100% the value of SAFSA in rooting-out hooliganism and its exciting proposals in achieving this. PSL has no doubt that SAFSA can play a crucial role in this regard. I will have to follow due processes and table the proposal before the Executive Committee for a final decision” he said.


In its proposal SAFSA is advocating for the convening of National Football Supporters’ Summit out of which SAFSA hopes to get the PSL, SAFA, club owners, supporters structures (at club and national representative level), the Ministry of Police as well as Sports and Recreation, among other stakeholders, to sign a Declaration on rooting out hooliganism in football.


“Key in this proposed Summit is to see a collective action by all relevant football stakeholders to agree to the crafting and adoption of the National Football Supporters’ Manual, with which we hope to root-out hooliganism. The Manual will incorporate terms of engagement, code of conduct, and dispute resolution framework in an event where clubs and supporters’ clubs find themselves in a deadlock.
This National Framework must in our view, also put emphasis on clubs to invest on supporters education as well as training and capacity building for the PSL security personnel, particularly on customer care and conflict management”, said SAFSA’s Executive Director, Siyabulela Makunga.

SAFSA also hopes to use the Summit as another platform for the PSL and Government to extensive publicize and raise awareness on the newly enacted Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act of 2010.


Professor Schloss also commended SAFSA for a good work it is doing in overseeing and coordinating supporters’ attendance at the PSL Competion launches, with the recent one being the NEDBANK Cup held on Monday night, February 14.


“PSL is extremely happy with the work SAFSA has done with respect to the Telkom Knockout Land the NEDBANK Cup launches. From now on we will use this as our modusi operandi for all our draws”, he added.


Meanwhile, SAFSA has recently received exciting news that it’s Deputy President, Mr. Johannes Nale ‘Mzion’ Mofokeng has been released from Sebokeng Hospital, subsequent to the Doctor’s recommendation to rest him for few days so as to conduct routine check-ups. Mzion’s sudden illness prevented him from attending his own party, where he was handed a memorable 61st Birthday and 50th Anniversary in football

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