Varsity Cup to resume following violent clashes at UFS

The tournament will resume this coming Monday but will be played without spectators.

Students and protesters clash during a rugby match at the University of the Free State on 22 February 2016. Picture: EPA.

CAPE TOWN - University rugby tournament, the Varsity Cup, will resume this coming Monday but without spectators and at neutral venues, Eyewitness News can confirm.

This comes after matches were postponed following a v iolent clash on the field that disrupted a game between the University of the Free State and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University just over two weeks ago.

Eyewitness News understands that after protracted negotiations involving all the relevant stakeholders that the tournament will resume this Monday after two rounds were postponed following violent scenes, on the field, between protestors during the game between Shimlas and the Madibaz.

It's expected though that due to the sensitivity of the situation and the organisers desire to afford the institutions time to resolve the challenges currently facing them, across the country that the game will be played at neutral venues.

In a further step, it's expected that no spectators will be allowed to attend those matches.