League says recent acts of violence will no longer be tolerated
The PSL say they will set up with a task team to investigate ways of curbing the recent spate of crowd violence in domestic games in South Africa.
Mamelodi Sundowns have been hardest hit by their own fans, with coach Johan Neeskens having been struck after the 2-0 loss to Moroka Swallows on Sunday as Brazilians fans invaded the pitch.
Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs have also seen their fans stage somewhat violent protests in recent times and the PSL has decided the time has come to act.
After meeting with representatives of Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday, they will form the task team to give advice on a way forward.
“The PSL has expressed concern about the behaviour of football fans at fixtures in the last couple of weeks. Subsequently, the PSL appointed an internal Security Task Team to look into the matter and come up with means to deal with crowd violence,” the league said on Tuesday.
“During today’s meeting between the PSL and Mamelodi Sundowns, both parties agreed that there is a need to act swiftly in order to curb the behaviour of a faction of their supporters.
Sundowns have requested assistance from the PSL to bring the culprits to book. The club revealed that they intend pursuing criminal charges.”
With the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in South Africa from January, the league is eager to keep its image squeaky clean with the eyes of the world once again turning to South Africa. The last thing they need is acts of violence at stadiums.