Fans shocked by violent death

2013-03-27 11:20
Kings Park Stadium (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers have expressed concern at the growing violence at South African sports events following the death of a spectator outside Kings Park in Durban following the Sharks' Super Rugby win over the Rebels last Saturday.

The spectator - believed to be from the UK - was involved in a fight on the outer-fields and died from his injuries.

Earlier this season, the Eastern Province Rugby Union vowed to improve security after a video emerged of a violent fan fight inside the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

VIDEO: PE rugby fan fight

This is what Sport24 readers had to say about the incident:

"This is a very unfortunate incident indeed. Our sincere condolences to the family of our fellow Sharks fan."
- Cloud Chaser

"May this person's soul RIP. This is so sad. My wife and I were at the game on Saturday and there was such a nice atmosphere during and after the game. This is almost unbelievable and I just hope it does not impact negatively on the family environment that is promoted at the ground! That will just compound this tragedy." - Moses Govender

"I have attended matches at Kings park since 1978 and there have only been minor instances of drunken and disorderly behaviour. Nothing like this."
- Craig Dennis

"Indeed sad, this kind of behaviour is "expected" worldwide at soccer matches, but not rugby." - Rene Muller

"Tragic that a person lost his life in some senseless fight." - BPC

"Makes what happened in PE look mild, on a more serious note the provincial unions need to sort this out, I'm planning to take my baby girl to her first match at the Shark tank sometime this season."
- Deon Kruger

"Normally after the games there are braais, dop and even a night club ... the game finished by 7 and incident about 10. To me, it's an isolated incident than could happen anywhere ... any time and any place." - Daryl Jackson

"Drinking and braaing in a car park just seems so juvenile to me. If people just went home after the game, incidents like these wouldn't happen." - Bootman Antibok

"The fans always braai on the grassed area on the Eastern side of the Shark tank and I have never seen even one fight. The supporters of all the unions join in and while there is sometimes some ribbing, it is good-natured." - Nigel Vos

"I was there, having a great braai with my mates on Saturday night, and I saw no nonsense going on. I have never seen any sort of tension there, and we played rugga with the kids until late. I am so sorry to hear of this incident, and I really hope that people involved are brought to justice. It won't stop me going but it is a dreadful story to hear."
- Travie Grif

"Alcohol is at the root of this and is the common denominator in most of this sickening behavior." - watchman

"Hope whoever was involved gets locked away for a very long time! Rugby is supposed to bring people together."
- Tyronne Jardim

"The uncouth behavior of some fans always manages to spoil things during and after games."
- Devils_Advocate

"The police need to be more vigilant."
- Ricky Singh

"A sad day for rugby." - Andre Nell

"Rugby should bring people together." - Tyronne Jardim (Gallo Images)

HAVE YOUR SAY: Who is responsible? What should be done to end fan violence, following the death of a Sharks fan? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

Read more on:    sharks  |  kings  |  super 15  |  durban  |  port elizabeth  |  rugby  |  mysport24

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.