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Kaizer Chiefs condemn fan violence at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Sports Minister demands answers

12:43 GMT+3 23/04/2018
Kaizer Chiefs players run for cover at Moses Mabhida Stadium
In a statement released by Chiefs on Monday, the club promised to cooperate with the law enforcement to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book

Kaizer Chiefs have strongly condemned the fan violence which took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium this past weekend. 

Hundreds of Amakhosi fans invaded the pitch immediately after the final whistle of their Nedbank Cup loss to Free State Stars where players, officials and security guards were attacked. 

The incident left 18 people injured, while one person (a security personnel) had to be taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.  

According to the latest reports, the unnamed security personnel is badly injured but stable in hospital. 

Just last week, Chiefs were fined R250 000.00 (R200 000.00 was suspended for 24 months) for the incident which took place against Chippa United on April 7, 2018.

Football fans around the country expect the PSL to hand down a harsh punishment on both the fans and the club in the near future.  

The Premier Soccer League chairman Dr Irvin Khoza will address the media on Monday to possibly outline plans on how the league will be dealing with the this unruly behaviour going forward. 

Below is the statement released by Amakhosi:    

Kaizer Chiefs condemns the unruly scenes of violence that took place on Saturday evening in the strongest possible terms during the Nedbank Cup semifinal match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

We appeal to those people involved in the deplorable episode who claim to be our fans to stop this hooliganism immediately. Incidents like those that were witnessed have no place anywhere in our society, least of all football. Acts of this nature endanger the lives of innocent people and cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. We shall co-operate fully with law enforcement agencies and the PSL to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

Such behaviour goes against the very ethos of what Amakhosi stands for, which is Love & Peace. It besmirches the reputation of the club and the millions of well-mannered supporters who make up the Kaizer Chiefs Family; it brings the game of football itself into disrepute and on a wider scale, it reflects very badly on our people and our country when the footage is disseminated across the world.

We understand the passion our fans have for the team and appreciate their sense of disappointment when results don’t go as expected. We share it too. Everybody at the club is working to the best of their ability to bring success on the field and joy to the fans. Sometimes though, despite the best efforts of everyone, things don’t fall seamlessly into place. It is very difficult to always achieve the perfect combination. It is the nature of sport that nobody wins all the time and accepting defeat graciously with dignity is one of the principles that underpin the virtue of sportsmanship.

We pride ourselves on having knowledgeable fans and we respect their right to express their dissatisfaction with the team’s performance. However, venting frustration through rampant thuggery is totally unacceptable. The key tenet of loyalty is showing unity and standing together in solidarity when the going gets tough. The support of fans has a tremendously positive effect in boosting the confidence of the players, particularly during a slump. Some of the world’s greatest clubs have endured lean spells during which silverware has temporarily dried up but they have come back stronger than ever. We need everybody pulling in the same direction and we therefore implore all of our supporters to calm down and get behind the team for the next three matches of the season.

Once again, Kaizer Chiefs does not condone any acts of violence.

Meanwhile, South African Sports Minister Thokozile Xasa is demanding answers from the PSL and Stadium Management SA as to what really happened in Durban. 

“We can’t wait for another person to die before we act. PSL and Stadium Management must provide answers on what happened in Moses Mabhida Stadium,” Xasa said in a statement.

“How did supporters manage to storm the ground and endanger people’s lives? Football is a beautiful game and I can’t idle while few supporters are making a skunk of our game. Answers must be provided on what happened," she said.

“This continues to make mockery of SASREA ACT as it clearly demonstrate that certain security elements are either not met or never implemented which warrants an investigation. While still looking into reinstating the committee of enquiry into the FNB stampede then this happens. This validates my view that an investigation must happen, so that we fully understand areas of weakness in sport security," concluded Xasa.