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Ugly scenes at Sundowns

2011-01-31 09:13
Johannesburg - The scenes at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday were reminiscent of the final days of Henri Michel's tenure which doesn't bode well for Mamelodi Sundowns coach Antonio Lopez-Habas.

Back in March 2008, the Frenchman had to be escorted out of what was then called Super Stadium as supporters made it clear they were not happy with a 4-1 thumping at the hands of SuperSport United, followed by a 1-0 Nedbank Cup defeat.

This weekend, the presence of the men in blue was once again needed to calm an angry group of fans, who hurled abuse at Habas, the club's chief scout Trott Moloto and general manager Kenneth Makhanya.

There were fears that the encounter with Platinum Stars, which ended in a 1-1 draw, would not go ahead as supporters threatened as much on Saturday.

But while the encounter was being played, they voiced their discontent with reported vulgar slurs against the coach's mother along with chants of 'Habas must go' and 'we need someone fired today.'

Makhanya, the Spaniard and physical trainer Miguel Martinez Gonzalez were escorted out of the ground through the back entrance in a police van to escape the disgruntled mob.

Even club president Patrice Motsepe, who is expected to meet with Habas on Monday, was the subject of abuse with supporters quick to remind him Sundowns should be run like a football club and not a mine.

Anger from the fans usually leads to an axing in Chloorkop, which will further unsettle a side that has seen its star striker and prized asset Katlego Mphela missing for over a week as he demands showdown talks to allow him to move abroad.

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