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.

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