Khoza: Orlando Pirates supports the law in taking full action against perpetrators

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The Buccaneers called a press conference on Monday following their shocking 6-0 defeat to the Brazilians

Orlando Pirates club chairman Irvin Khoza has strongly condemned acts of hooliganism by some of the fans at the PSL game between Bucs and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday.

The highly anticipated game was marred by fan violence. Pirates supporters began disrupting proceedings after Sundowns scored their fifth goal as they vandalised SuperSport TV cables.

Shortly after Percy Tau made it 6-0, Pirates fans then raided the pitch to bring the match to a complete stop. But play later resumed after over an hour.

Khoza stated that they are awaiting reports from various stakeholders on what transpired in the nation's capital, Tshwane on Saturday afternoon.

"This is an unusual day for the Club & today we meet to address a matter that should not happen in our football," Khoza told the media.

This was the second time Bucs have conceded six goals in a league game this season - having lost 6-1 to SuperSport United in Nelspruit last November and Khoza stated that the club are supporting the law in taking full action against the perpetrators.

"Violence is not an answer; violence diminishes any legitimate reasons in any protest situation. I pronounce here today, clearly and unequivocally, that we support the law in taking full action against the perpetrators," he continued.

"A 6-1 loss for this club is unacceptable; to follow that up with a 6-0 loss... I'll be meeting the Technical Team about this. I want to thank the police who opened this investigation. I hope SABC and SuperSport will assist with footage to get to the bottom of this," he added.

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"There are challenges with this game because it was categorised as a Category B, which calls into account the security contingent. I can't comment too much on the security aspects because we are waiting on the final report. We have asked for them," Khoza stressed.

"I won't comment on behalf of the PSL because any decision made will be derived from the Disciplinary Committee process," the PSL chairman indicated.

"We learn from each result and for us, more so in the 80th year, we need to take stock of this and deal with the realities and truths."
 

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