JOHANNESBURG- Chairperson of the Premier Soccer League addressed the media on Monday following the fan violence and chaos that occurred at the Moses Mabhida stadium on Saturday.
Kazier Chiefs faced Frees State Stars at Moses Madhida for the semi final for the Nedbank Cup on Saturday and suffered a shocked loss 2-0.
After the final whistle was blown, angered fans flocked onto the pitch attacking match officials, stadium security and attempting to attack the players.
The fans damaged stadium equipment, camera’s and broadcasting equipment, several security personnel were hospitalized.
After the incident Steve Komphela resigned with immediate effect.
Social media reported that one security guard who had been attacked had died but Khoza revealed on Monday that the report the guard was a female was false and in fact it was a male, and had been discharged on Monday.
Khoza said, “Regarding the security member that was kicked… the person that was kicked was a male, and he was treated and later released from hospital,”
He added, “The league is extremely shocked at the violence that took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. I want to make it clear that there is no place for violence in our stadiums and society,” Khoza said.
“We apologise to all the stakeholders and broadcasters for the damage caused to their property. The pictures of the pitch invasion in the media are not good for the image of our local football.
“Let me say that the league takes its responsibility to secure the safety of the fans, players and officials very seriously. There will be a thorough investigation. We also note the upward trend of increasing violence at stadiums.”
Khoza accepted that the league failed in providing adequate security and police to prevent such a incident, he blamed the small budget allocated to it.
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