'Stop this evil': Soccer clubs and fans urged to help women and children facing abuse

The South African Football Association (SAFA) is calling on clubs and soccer fans to taken an active stand to help women and children being subjected to “heinous violence” on a daily basis.

“The Association is saddened by attempts of elements in our society who deny women and children their dignity‚ who prey on the most vulnerable and who disrespect our core values of respect for one another at all times.

“This Association views any other traits such as violence and disrespect and contempt for life as the most abhorrent forms of behaviour.

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“SAFA calls on the millions of football players and supporters in our country to take a stand — This is the time that we should not just pay lip service but stand up and take an active stand against gender violence and child abuse‚ support civil society and government efforts to rid our society of this scourge.”

The association asked all football clubs around the country to observe a moment of silence in upcoming matches “in defiance of those who perpetrate these evils deeds“.

Clubs are also asked to adopt a year-round anti-abuse programme.