Safa prohibits political regalia to local matches ahead of elections

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Johannesburg - The South African Football Association (Safa) says political regalia is among the list of prohibited items that will be banned at all local matches leading up the elections.

Safa says it has noted a new trend in which supporters of political parties attend football matches displaying and promoting political or religious T-shirts, flags and other regalia.

"Football is apolitical in its nature and we should all strive to promote a friendly, family atmosphere at the stadiums.

"It is for this reason that political regalia is among the list of items that are banned by CAF, Fifa and affiliated FAs," said Safa's Acting CEO, Russell Paul.

"While we respect individuals' right to associate themselves with a political party of their choice or to be affiliated to any religious sect of one's choice, this should not be done openly within football environments, as it is in violation of football governing bodies' statutes.

"This has also the potential to raise tensions between supporters of different political parties and might lead to physical confrontations," he added.

Paul said those that contravene this rule will either be ejected from the stadiums or have their regalia taken away from them. - Nampa/ANA

 

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