Statement by Duitser Bosman, Varsity Sports CEO
The Varsity Football final between Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and University of Pretoria (Tuks) was disrupted on Thursday night, 28 September due to a pitch invasion. The play was stopped seven minutes before the end of the second half, with Tuks leading the hosts 2-0.
Varsity Sports voices its distinct disapproval of such action. Varsity Sports matches are a space where South Africans meet in the same positive spirit, to back the future stars of tomorrow.
In light of the actions that took place yesterday, we would also like to reassure all stakeholders that we have contingency plans, rules and regulations in place for dealing with match interruptions.
The rules specify that if the management committee unanimously calls off a match in the second half, the score remains. This rule has been instituted in relation to yesterday’s meeting.
We wish to voice without reservation that it was unfortunate that we had to implement those rules as this year’s Varsity Football delivered some of the best football we’ve seen in the five-year history of the competition. We will work closely with the host university to investigate the incident.