NSL matches will continue without spectators, centre says


THE National Soccer League (NSL) will continue matches with no spectators, says the National Control Centre.
The centre’s Niupela Pasin unit team leader, Christopher Raymond Jr, told The National yesterday that they were yet to receive a request from NSL organisers for the return of spectators.
“We have yet to receive a request from the organisers so our initial arrangements for no spectators will still stand,” he said.
“Once a request reaches our office, we have standard operating procedures to follow like the condition of the venue, its capacity and the game day protocols for teams and spectators.
“We will assess them first and if they have satisfied all the requirements needed to host spectators, they will be cleared to go ahead
“For now, we are monitoring the situation with all sporting competitions and only time will tell if they can fully open up to spectators.”
Raymond said the same applied to other major competitions like the Digicel Cup, which had gone through the same process to receive approval for spectators to attend matches.
The National was unable to get a comment from the Papua New Guinea Football Association on the status of their submission to the Niupela Pasin unit.
Meanwhile, Raymond warned that national federations were responsible for submitting and enforcing their Coronavirus protocols and policies in their respective competitions.