PSL announce partnership with South African Police Service to fight crime at stadiums

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The PSL and Saps have launched a joint venture to curb violence and spectator misbehaviour at stadiums

Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza has announced a new partnership with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to ensure fan's safety at stadiums.

Speaking to the media on Thursday at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, Khoza said they aim to eradicate acts of violence at football venues in order to create a more family oriented environment. 

“We want football matches to be a go to place for families," Khoza said to the media.

"So we need to eradicate certain people abusing alcohol and drugs in public places such as stadiums,” he added.

"The biggest failure of our country is that we are failing to manage ourselves, so we have come up with this partnership to mitigate criminal behaviour to make our stadiums safer," said the league's chairman.

"If we succeed in managing ourselves things would be so much easier for the police,” concluded the PSL boss.

Echoing the 'Iron Duke's sentiments, police minister Bheki Cele also said that they would be clamping down on drugs at stadiums.

The outspoken minister added that they will not tolerate football hooliganism.

“We want to make sure the is no dagga in the stadiums. I saw a machine that can measure how much one consumed just like alcohol. We might consider that,” said Cele.

'I think we knocked at the right door because now we can also use soccer stars to help fight crime,” he added.

“We are not here to launch and keep quiet but to sustain this relationship because football is the most popular sport amongst young people," continued Cele.

"We want to make sure that fans go to watch soccer matches under a blanket of security while making sure that we don't overwhelm supporters with more police than fans at stadiums,” concluded the minister.

The latest announcement come in wake of last season's disappointing scenes where fans stormed the Moses Mabhida Stadium pitch during a Nedbank Cup semi-final clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars.

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Stadium property, television broadcasting equipment and cars were damaged while some of the fans as well as security officials suffered injuries from assault at the iconic venue in Durban.

 

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