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Tight security expected at the Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits match

22:23 EAT 23/04/2018
Orlando Pirates fans at the Soweto Derby
Fans are encouraged not to go nowhere near the Orlando Stadium as the game will be played behind closed doors

Following the weekend’s violent events at the Moses Mabhida Stadium where fans stormed into the pitch and damaged property, the Premier Soccer League says security will be tight at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

Orlando Pirates will be at home to outgoing PSL champions Bidvest Wits and the match will be played behind closed doors, but the league is not taking any chances.

The PSL took the decision to stage the match behind closed doors after the Buccaneers were found guilty of misconduct and bring the league into disrepute for spectator misbehaviour in their league match against Mamelodi Sundowns in February 2017 where they eventually lost 6-0 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

The Soweto giants were charged by the PSL to play two games, one of which was suspended for a period of 24 months‚ in an empty venue and the league said there will be tight security outside of the venue to stop spectators from trying to force their way into the stadium.

According to PSL spokesperson, Luxolo September, no tickets  will be sold for the match, but the media will be allowed to cover the match.

The league’s governing body is working hard to ensure safety at football venues on the back of Saturday's ugly scenes where Kaizer Chiefs fans invaded the pitch at the Moses Mabhida Stadium after their 2-0 loss to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday night.

The incident left 18 people injured, stadium property and broadcast camera damaged.

“It is common knowledge that the match is going to be played behind closed doors, but we want to reiterate to the fans that they must not come to the stadium because security will be tight‚" September said to Timeslive.

"There will be deployment of security inside the stadium but more will be outside to ensure that there are no spectators who try to gain access,” added the PSL spokesman.

“We have an obligation to the media and broadcasters and they will definitely have access to the stadium‚" he explained.

"As you know‚ even under normal circumstances where spectators are allowed in the stadium‚ anyone can take pictures and post them on social media but live streaming live is only allowed to rights holders,” continued September.

"That principle remains in place but members of the media will be allowed to report about the match on social media and their other digital platforms,” he concluded.