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Throw book at fan - SANZAR

2012-03-13 10:21

Pretoria - SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters has urged the South African authorities to “throw the book” at the fan who invaded the Loftus Versfeld pitch on Saturday night, after hitting Blues captain Keven Mealamu with a water bottle he threw from the stands.

VIDEO: Johannes Nel throws a bottle at Keven Mealamu


Peters confirmed that SANZAR had asked for a “security report” from the Blue Bulls Company in the wake of the incident, which took place at the end of the Blues 29-23 win over the home side.

Security personnel arrested Johannes Gideon Nel after he threw an energy drink bottle at Mealamu, who was sitting on the sidelines after being replaced late in the game, then climbed over the security fence and accosted the Blues hooker.

Nel was immediately arrested and escorted to the stadium security control room, before being taken to the Sunnyside Police Station where he was charged with assault.

It has since emerged that a second charge was laid against the man under the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act, 2009, although details are unclear as to what the charge exactly entails.

The Bulls have also confirmed that Nel was initially caught by a security guard as he climbed over the fence, but as they fell to the ground he “kicked the security guard in the face” and escaped his grip, allowing him to clamber over the security barricade.

Blues team physiotherapist Mark Plummer, Bulls wing Bjorn Basson and a touch judge shielded Mealamu as the confrontation threatened to escalate after the final whistle.

Peters said he was glad that the incident had not got out of hand, but urged the Bulls to “make a serious example” out of the man.

“Thank goodness this is an isolated incident and it is infrequent in rugby,” Peters said, “It is, however, totally unacceptable and we take the security and the wellness of our players very seriously in this tournament.

“We understand the perpetrator was charged with assault and the matter is in the hands of the police. But we believe the book should be thrown at this guy and a serious example be made of him to prevent a repeat occurrence.”

While this hasn’t been the first pitch invasion, Peters said it was never acceptable.

“It is a concern wherever it happens, there have been pitch invasions in other territories in the past and we have an obligation to stamp it out. There was one bad incident about 10 years ago in South Africa which was dealt with pretty strongly and we expect the same to happen here.”

Still SANZAR would be looking forward to hearing from the Bulls on how they plan to prevent a repeat of what happened.

“It is up to the Bulls to ensure they review their security procedures so that this does not happened again. Questions need to be asked so that the process is tightened up. I don’t think anyone wants to move towards what football has where fans are caged up behind fences.”

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Comments
  • Rene - 2012-03-13 10:28

    @Bulldozer, sorry Dozey but your daddy is going down! As long as the same rules apply for poor behaving NZ'ers and Aussies, no probs!!! I just feel NZ/Aus always have this 'holier than thou' approach - Throw the book at ALL misbehaving fans!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 10:32

      @Rene - lol - Dozey's daddy kicked a security guard in the face........

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 10:39

      They can maar ban him from Loftus. He'll be back with a false beard, dyed hair & a different hat.

      Harry - 2012-03-13 11:19

      He probably has those blue rubber balls hanging for his rear view mirror !! You only find his type at Moftus !

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 11:20

      Moftus? Seriously buddy?

      John - 2012-03-13 11:54

      @ harry - "Moftus" waaaahahahahahahaha. Is this where the M.I.P.'s (Men In Pink) play?

      Jason - 2012-03-13 12:55

      WOW they got all the details of this story wrong..............................typical!

      Bootman - 2012-03-13 13:33

      If SANZAR want's the book thrown at Nel, they better make sure that the book has pictures because it will be the only way this clutchplate will understand.

      Jan - 2012-03-13 13:44

      @Rene Hierdie blog is ekslusief vir Mans :)

  • Saffa - 2012-03-13 10:30

    Well a 'football type cage' around Loftus isn't the worst idea in the world.......

      Rene - 2012-03-13 10:40

      Football cage won't help, if they can kick, they can jump... Anyway, nice example SANZAR, what makes you better than NEL, he threw a plastic bottle, and now you throw a book at him. Sorry but 2 wrongs don't make a right! All this throwing and kicking!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 10:46

      @Rene, I heard from someone who was at the Bulls/Sharks game at Loftus (so this IS hearsay), that there was a huge problem with the ticket scanning system or something to that effect, which caused massive delays and a few security issues with regard to crowd safety at that game. IF this is true, could it not be that SANZAR have picked up on that and are hoping for some sort of all round improvement from the stadium management? Just putting it out there.

      Rene - 2012-03-13 10:53

      @Saffa, there were problems but more of an I D 10 T problem. People ending up at the wrong gates, arriving late at the gates and want to take short cuts... But I believe there weren't enough gate attendant to speed up the process. Lessons learned! PS: it was a Friday night game hence the late arrivals from supporters.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 11:08

      @Rene - so there will def be more gate attendants and security personnel moving forward - that's always a good thing though. It was the same down here last season after the unpleasantness at the Stormers/Crusaders game - the changes the stadium security made after that were for the better - and at the end of the day - most people just want to feel safe when watching the game. So this Nel chap has in fact done the stadium managment and decent fans a 'favour'.......

      Rene - 2012-03-13 11:15

      @Saffa, most definitely! The BBRU are extremely serious about eradicating any poor behaviour, any kind of verbal abuse etc. The are a flow of Security during games and any spectator can at any time during the game address poor behaviour to them. I promise you, the culprit will miss the rest of the game and probable NOT be welcome inside Loftus again. But yes, good things take time.. It will take awhile but eventually people will be more carefull

  • Herman - 2012-03-13 10:30

    Eish, al die gemors wat hom gaan tref, hy wens seker hy het nie probeer groot meneer speel met al daai polisie koffie in sy bloed nie.

  • Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 10:31

    How about throwing the book at the useless excuse of a human being, Rene Ranger?

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 10:42

      ....and Shaun Veldmuis.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 10:46

      ....and everybody who hates the Bulls.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 10:57

      And that book that is to be thrown at us @Dozey.....what book would it be? By my reasoning a cheque book with unlimited spend? This Bull "hating" chick would be happy with that - dankie.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 11:25

      Saffa, you can have all the cheque books in the land and you will still win nothing.

      Stephen - 2012-03-13 11:28

      Ranger's been banned:) Steve Walsh actually had a pretty good game. Bulls definitely missed their experienced players, but they'll learn from this defeat and come back stronger.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 11:37

      I agree Stephen, Steve Walsh did have a good game. I just think this thug deserved much more than 2 weeks.

      Neville - 2012-03-13 12:08

      Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosers

  • Harry - 2012-03-13 10:57

    I think the only thing that will keep the hooligan bulls to behave will be those wire mesh fences like at the Indian cricket grounds ! They should also stop all alchohol sales inside Moftus and test the hooligans with breathalizers at the entrance gates !

      Willa - 2012-03-13 11:59

      Jaa Harry - at Newlands they won't let you in unless your breath is 100% full of alcohol. As for barbed wire, players have been threatened with knives at that lovely place as well.

  • Harry - 2012-03-13 11:00

    I also think there sould be a seperate area on the pavilion for supporters of other teams that is not enclosed behind barb wire and wire mesh. It should not be nessesary for supporters of other teams to have their wives and children exposed to the obsene laungage of the bulls supporters.

      S - 2012-03-13 12:16

      @BlueRaven - Agreed! It's called protective custody.

  • Dirk - 2012-03-13 11:00

    Ah so this is Greg Peters! For a second I was thinking. What the hell does Bruce Willis have to do with this?

      Dirk - 2012-03-13 11:05

      No just the bald ones. :)

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 11:34

      He looks like Lex Luthor.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 11:50

      Yul Brynner,

      Dirk - 2012-03-13 12:04

      Yul Brynner! That is it! Good eye, spot on! XD

  • Harry - 2012-03-13 11:04

    Do you people think that the other team supporters think the Bulls supporters are common ? I mean if you look at the behaviour - throwing bottles, plastic hats with horns, nose rings, blue rubber balls on the car towbars, klippies and coke , bakkies botha, etc. etc. ? or do you think they know they are common?

      Dirk - 2012-03-13 11:27

      I Support WP/Stormers and I don't think that the Bulls supporters are common. Call it sport culture, happens everywhere. Go to a NFL game, all types of crazy going on in there! Soccer in South America with their abundance of toilet paper and streamers.

      Johan - 2012-03-13 11:38

      Well Harry they did find the world’s biggest engine on Loftus....Every time the bulls score 32000 tappets jump up and down

      Johan - 2012-03-13 12:50

      Blue.....What? it's a joke?...ok sorry did not know ...wont use it again

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 12:52

      Ok new joke then @Bluebird. Well, they did find the world's smallest engine at Loftus in the years between 1998 and 2002. When the Bulls scored, NO tappits jumped up and down.

  • Jan - 2012-03-13 11:11

    It's isolated to the Bulls crowd yes. If you want an isolated incident go and watch rugby at the Sour Grape Looser Bulls stadium.. The Bulls rugby union should build a big dam in the middle of the veld so that all their 'dam duiker" fans can go and have fun during the week,.... for free ofcourse. ha haa haaaa......

      Rye - 2012-03-13 11:27

      At what stadium did a South African fan tackle the ref?

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 11:32

      Jan, how's your mother?

  • Pat - 2012-03-13 11:24

    This is exactly the reason I will not attend games at Loftus. The Bulls fans don't know how to behave. I have experienced it on a number of occasions

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 11:30

      Pat, you are quite pretty for a man.

      Juan - 2012-03-13 11:40

      Not so sure Pat. My wife and I was at the Bulls game with our sharks jerseys. In fact on the infamous East stand and after we lost the game, I didn't hear one Bulls fan chirping or swearing. People behaved like in any other stadium. Maybe if they lost, I don't know but I've never seen anything that made me feel unsafe!!!

  • Stephen - 2012-03-13 11:25

    I hope they throw the book at him. Giving the Bulls and all of SA a bad name with his stupid actions.

  • Norval - 2012-03-13 11:38

    you will also be in trouble if you throw a book a the accuse! Rather through the rule book for your refs!!

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-03-13 12:19

    This has nothing to do with the Bulls (Players or spectators); it has to do with a psychologically disturbed individual who should be permanently institutionalised.

      Harry - 2012-03-13 12:33

      Paul - do you have blue rubber testicles hanging on you rearview mirror ? Well only under the bulls supporters will anybody have the guts to manufacture such items, market it and be able to convince the supporters to buy it as it looks cool !! I think it has a lot to do with the majority of the supporters !

  • Druiwetros - 2012-03-13 12:42

    Wow! Is this really what happened? Did Jo throw the bottle from the stands? Was Kevin seated on the sideline thus replaced, when this happened? Did big Jo "assault" Kevin after throwing the energy drink bottle? Was he even stopped before walking onto the field of play, not even mentioning grappling with a security guard and ninja kicking him in the face? Where did the Bulls come up with these allegatoins? I think big Jo is going to take the fall for very lax security at Loftus! Don't get me wrong, I don't condone this behaviour at the least, but there should have been some sort of security to stop him getting on the field in the first place. Thanks for Sluipslaper for posting a youtube clip that proves there is MUCH desired about the Loftus security. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDy2hcUXvvE&feature=related

      David - 2012-03-13 13:29

      Hahahaha! Listen to the running commentary by the supporters in the background. Is that typical of the bulls supporters? Thank heavens they do not have the courage to say those things in English. Trailer trash!

  • kenny.gilroy - 2012-03-13 12:46

    Forget about the supporter - its just a stupid fan and we all have them If a SA player was as dirty as Rene Ranger with a clearly malicious plunge onto another player, I can assure you that he would get way longer than a 2 weeks ban

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 12:54

      Thanks Kenny. I agree 100%.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-13 13:55

    Why doesn't SANZAR use this same book on the ref's, come on we as the paying public cant keep taking this s#$t, It now looks like match fixing................ game after game.................. did any one watch the Cheetahs game???????........... I see why the fans are going mad!!!!

      Gungets - 2012-03-13 22:25

      Oh come on Andrew. There is no excuse for this behaviour. The silly tw#t must have been gaffed to even think about going on to the field. You cannot seriously defend this stupid mongrel.

  • Francois - 2012-03-13 16:23

    Losloper diere is gevaarlik; kamp hulle toe; as hulle rond dwaal bel die tolvry nommer om wangedrag te rapporteer ; nommer te kry by alle uitgange te Loftus!

  • Chris - 2012-03-14 09:21

    This is very serious, we cannot permit so called spectators to rampage over the field of play, let us not overlook what happened to Monica Seles.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-14 10:04

    Gungets: I don t agree with what he did and never will, but it is getting to the point that I dont want to watch fixed rugby any more.................... it is becoming like the Tour de France

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