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'Exorbitant' Gate Charges Temporary - PSL

'Exorbitant' Gate Charges Temporary - PSL

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) says the high gate charges it recently announced ahead of the commencement of the season are temporary and will be reduced when stadium control restrictions are relaxed.

Football fans will pay an equivalent of US$10 at the prevailing interbank rate for the cheapest ticket to watch Castle Lager PSL matches from this weekend.

Tickets for the grandstand are pegged at US$15 while the VVIP area will cost US$20.

The official interbank rate was 1:98.90 as of Thursday, which means the cheapest ticket for the weekend games is ZWL$989.

PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele said fans should understand that organising football matches in the post-COVID-19 era is not a stroll in the park. Ndebele said:

Presently, we have been cleared to allow 30 per cent of the stadium capacity, but once there’s more relaxation and more people are allowed into the stadium, then this will naturally lead to a reduction of gate charges.

What we must all appreciate is that organising football in post-COVID-19 is expensive.

Unfortunately, clubs haven’t been generating revenue for the past two years to cover some of those costs.

He implored football fans to come to the stadiums in large numbers as they remain the “lifeblood of football”. Said Ndebele:

Bills have increased and there is a need to have a medical doctor at each venue overseeing COVID-19 compliance.

The league, depending on matches, has to assign two COVID-19 compliance officers in addition to the two coming from each club.

We need sanitisation facilities for the fans; the clubs test every week and these gate charges are meant to cushion clubs.

That money goes to the club. While we appreciate that fans are the lifeblood of football and our appeal to football lovers is please come and support your clubs.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is now charging higher fees for its officers who provide security at stadiums during matches.

Clubs are obliged to pay US$3 per hour to the lowest-ranked police officer assigned to a game, with top officials getting US$11 per hour.

In the past, hourly rates were US$1 for a low-ranked cop, with top chiefs getting US$9.

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