Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits match to be played behind closed doors

Both the club and fans have been punished for the Loftus Stadium massacre which took place over a year ago

The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has ordered that Orlando Pirates play two matches behind closed doors for the unruly behaviour of their fans in February 2017 against Mamelodi Sundowns

According to a statement released by the PSL, the implementation of one of the two matches is suspended for a period of 24 months.

Angry Bucs fans storm onto the pitch as their team was drubbed 6-0 by the Brazilians in 2017, and both sets of players, including coaches and match officials had to run for cover. 

Below is the full statetment as released by the PSL on Tuesday:

The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has handed down its sanctions against Orlando Pirates FC arising from the crowd violence which took place at Loftus Stadium on 11 February 2017 during the club’s match against Mamelodi Sundowns FC. 

The Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned Orlando Pirates by ordering that the club must play two home matches in a closed stadium. The implementation of one of these matches has been suspended for a period 24 months.

In the Disciplinary Committee’s opinion, the sentence was warranted because of the seriousness of the misconduct.

In addition, the Disciplinary Committee was of the view that a sanction of this nature is the only way in which the fans of the club could be punished simultaneously with the club, for their errant behaviour during football matches. Orlando Pirates was also ordered to pay the costs of the sittings of the Disciplinary Committee.

Meanwhile, the Sea Robbers have since confirmed that their league game against Bidvest Wits is the one match which will be played behind closed doors.

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The club has advised that fans who have already purchased tickets for the Wits encounter will be refunded. 

The Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits scheduled for Wednesday, 25 April, will now be played behind closed doors in terms of a sanction handed down by the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee.

Fans who have already bought tickets for this match will be advised in the near future as to how to get a refund.