Untelevised Pirates match cost SABC

2013-05-08 11:37

Not being allowed to televise an African Champions League soccer match in the Democratic Republic of Congo has cost the SABC money, but it will not reveal how much.

This information was confidential, spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said today.

The SABC was prevented from televising Orlando Pirates’ second-leg match against TP Mazembe on Sunday.

Pirates lost 1-0, but qualified for the last-eight group stage of the competition on a 3-2 goal aggregate as a result of their 3-1 win in the first-leg at Orlando Stadium.

The costs of failing to broadcast the game included transport and accommodation of the crew and equipment, and advertising revenue.

Kganyago said it “differ(ed) from one advertiser to the other” whether advertising fees would have to be paid back.

“The engagement between us and our advertisers is confidential and we are not going to put it in the public space,” he said.

The match organisers stopped the SABC from televising it, claiming it did not have permission to do so.

Kganyago disputed this.

“We have clearly indicated we had an agreement wherein we gave them the feed when the two teams played at Orlando Stadium and they had to reciprocate when the (second-leg) match was played in Lubumbashi.”

“How else do they explain their getting the feed for the first leg if there was no agreement?” he asked.

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