PSL charges Pirates, Chiefs

2012-08-28 19:59

Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Tuesday charged Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs with spectator misbehaviour following the teams' recent semi-final clashes in the MTN8 cup competition.

Pirates will face charges relating to spectator misbehaviour and unsporting behaviour following an allegation that Bucs supporters threw an assortment of objects onto the pitch during the second-leg fixture against SuperSport United at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The Buccaneers, the cup's defending champions, were eliminated from the competition after a 3-0 second-leg defeat to United.
The match descended into chaos when Pirates striker Benni McCarthy was sent off just before the half-time break after he was shown a second yellow card by the match referee.

During the game, three fireworks were lit and one was thrown at United goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez.

The match had to be halted in the 66th minute as the referee called players into the centre circle, waiting for the crowd to calm down as fireworks were lit.

Police were called to the stadium after full-time, and a heavy-duty police vehicle drove onto the field as a precautionary measure.

Two fans were arrested by stadium security in the players' tunnel after the fixture.

Meanwhile, Chiefs were charged for a similar offence in their first-leg encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns on August 5 at Loftus Versfeld.

It is alleged that Chiefs supporters behaved in an unruly or unsporting manner, throwing a variety of objects onto the pitch during the game.

Representatives of both clubs will appear before the PSL disciplinary committee on September 7.


  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-08-28 20:33

    The next head to head game should be behind closed doors, not televised either.

      andile.nokhetshe - 2012-08-28 21:07


      arthur.adams.988 - 2012-08-29 08:57

      this will not happen because,the bosses of these teams own the PSL.

  • herman.mosima - 2012-08-29 09:13

    Don't even try to compare the two incidents. Only on the part of throwing missles yes. Throwing of crickets, ripping seats off, assaulting of both Supersport and Chiefs suppers? these are very serious incidents which need a separate hearings. I urge those who were assaulted to open criminal cases against pirates hooligans. This is totally unacceptable. Otherwise revenge is in order.

  • tebo.go.5 - 2012-08-29 09:19

    Manje ke iChiefs yona yenzeni la, sesifela ama pierats.

  • magomarele - 2012-08-29 09:31

    Chiefs is a repeat offender without remorse. They should face a heavy penalty because they’re unrepentant and arrogant bunch of thugs. Just 3 months ago, when Chiefs embarrassed its fans by losing 4games in a row, the fans started throwing missiles at their players/coaches and referee. Why attack the ref when your team loses the game fairly? However, the story is different with Pirates who were clearly robbed/cheated by the biased referee, Robert Smith. I think with regard to Pirates game, the referee must be charged for bringing the game into disrepute and for match fixing. It’s pity PSL doesn’t have Referee’s review panel. Robert Smith should be punished for his actions. Biased decisions like these cost teams millions and even make teams relegated. Police must be robed in and Robert Smith must be arrested and dismissed from officiating PSL games.

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-29 10:09

      Me thinks you did not get it all this morning, stress is killing you

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-29 10:11

    Fans again! Let these clubs play 5 games without their spectators. Fine them too. Simple!

  • isaac.makoala - 2012-08-29 16:15

    There is a big diffrence between fans and supporters. It is always fans who go beserk and destroying the beautiful game by throwing the objects into the pitch. This is becoming a problem as it happens every season. Teams must do something about this with their supporters and or fans.

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