PSL champs in hot water?

2011-05-24 09:42

Johannesburg - Newly crowned Premiership champions Orlando Pirates are likely to be hauled over the coals by the Premier Soccer League for their supporters' misbehaviour, reports the Sowetan.

A section of overzealous Pirates fans invaded the Orlando Stadium pitch immediately after referee Robert Sithole blew the final whistle on Saturday after Bucs beat Lamontville Golden Arrows 2-1 to clinch the championship.

A private security company had to be roped in to assist with crowd control as supporters swarmed the medals podium to celebrate Pirates' achievement.

Bucs coach Ruud Krol lost his spectacles as he was mobbed by ecstatic Bucs fans.

One fan who lost a cellphone said: "It was clear the PSL did not provide adequate security because they expected the title to be won by Ajax in the Cape."

At most of the high-profile PSL matches police officers are deployed to help with crowd control but this was not the case on Saturday.

Security personnel deployed by the PSL were spread thin as many guards were sent to the two other potential title deciders in Cape Town, where Ajax played Maritzburg United, and Durban, where Kaizer Chiefs played AmaZulu.

The PSL's outgoing prosecutor, Zola "Javas" Majavu, was perusing the reports for all the matches that took place on Saturday, including the pitch invasion at Orlando Stadium.

"All the matches were played simultaneously on Saturday and I am looking at the reports of the matches, including the play-offs, and I'm also awaiting television footage of these matches and I can't comment on if we will charge certain clubs," Majavu said.


  • mik - 2011-05-24 10:39


      Bushy - 2011-05-24 10:48

      @Mik, hey wena u stupid idiot, what do u take us for ? so we must f*** act like United fans now? Why dont you find urself a permanent citezenship in Manchester and leave us the hell alone here in SA....Its idiots like urself i hate ,making everrything about international countries...we always see people running in the pitch in Euro especially when big teams play and you said nothing about that....u moron

      Umshini - 2011-05-24 12:38

      No. United fans just burn down stadiums, vandalise property outside stadiums and start fights in pure soccer hooligan fashion!

      nvledwaba - 2011-05-24 14:09

      u r an a$$

      CITIZEN - 2011-05-24 21:08

      mik you should have put your opinion in a less sensitive manner it were wrong from the supprters to do it but i blame psl for this a near full stadium and they fail to put more security in stadium so bushy;umshini;nveledwaba cool it guys you forget some of our supporters also damaged stadiums before lets leave the name calling and celebrate happy people are back with a bang saturday we must just not under estimate le doda duva (hope i said it rite) bucs bing the treble to joburg mtn top 8 is in the bag ; league is in the bag now the nedbank cup

  • Mokone - 2011-05-24 11:21

    i thought as much i told someone else about this. I havn't saw this before ths nt 90's

  • My Comment - 2011-05-24 13:27

    This should not be blamed on Orlando Pirates. It should be blamed on the PSL. Since they have ensured a replica trophy in anticipation of a possible win, they should have also ensured adequate security. What could Pirates have done to avoid the situation? My suggestion is that a sample of the fans, or if possible, the first few fans(say 50) that crossed the boundary should be charged and made an example off, and this should be made a precedence. Surely fans will think twice before gatecrashing in the future.

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