Fan attacks ref with vuvuzela

2013-04-06 22:14
Lwandile Mfiki (Backpage)

Durban - A referee emerged unscathed after a fan hit him with a vuvuzela during the PSL match between Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

The fan evaded security and ran at least 100m from the side of the pitch at Moses Mabhida Stadium, one of the venues for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, hitting referee Lwandile Mfiki with the plastic trumpet.

A second fan of Kaizer Chiefs, playing a vital match in their bid for a first league title in eight years, was intercepted after also hurdling on to the pitch from the stands.

VIDEO: Fan assaults referee with a vuvuzela

The incident came after Mfiki had sent off Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane for a dangerous tackle in the first half, sparking protests from the players and a heated exchange of words between the two benches.

Both fans were arrested and are to be charged with assault, league officials told Reuters after the game. The referee, who gave a post-match statement to police, was not injured.

Ten-man Chiefs, coached by former Finland manager Stuart Baxter, drew 0-0 against Golden Arrows to maintain their lead at the top of the table.

Vuvuzelas earned worldwide notoriety for the noisy backdrop they provided at the 2010 World Cup.

While they continue to be popular with the country's soccer followers, they have been banned from some stadiums elsewhere in the world.

On Wednesday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, vuvuzuelas were among an assortment of objects thrown at Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa by angry fans after his side could only draw and missed out on the chance to close the gap with the Chiefs.

Defending champions Pirates are eight points behind their rivals but have two games in hand with five weeks of the campaign left.

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