PSL condemns fan behaviour

2012-08-27 11:25

Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) says it will not tolerate unruly behaviour from fans after Orlando Pirates supporters hurled objects onto the pitch and at stadium security in a cup match at the weekend.

"What we saw on Saturday night during the MTN8 semi-final clash cannot be condoned," acting PSL CEO Cambridge Mokanyane said in a statement on Monday.

"It is not good for us or for the image of football.

"As the league, we condemn it in the strongest possible ways.

"The safety and security of both the players and the fans is our priority."

The Buccaneers, the MTN8 defending champions, were eliminated from the competition after a 3-0 defeat to SuperSport United in the second-leg semi-final at Orlando Stadium.

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 seen arrested by stadium security in the players' tunnel after the game.


  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-08-27 11:37

    u must also condemn de players behavour,benni caused all this. If u fine the team also fine him R50million he is a self proclaimed millionare so he can easily afford it.

  • jonathan.faurie - 2012-08-27 11:42

    This is appalling. Both the fact that fans act no better than barbarians after they get beaten by a better side (and I am saying this as a loyal Pirates fan) and the fact that the security at the stadium is so slack that they allow fireworks into the stadium. Why do we NEVER see this at cricket and rugby matches? Yet in football its the norm? Fans go through rigorous searching by security personnel at rugby and cricket games, why should they not do the same at soccer? Why is it that there is only heightened security at big games like a World Cup match or a Manchester United tour match?

      tony.short.180 - 2012-08-27 13:22

      I wholeheartedly agree with you Jonathan. It 's not until another Ellis Park disaster that the PSL will wake up. If we want to take soccer to the next level, we need to sort out everything around the matches, security, parking, transport, tickets, marketing, etc.

  • sithembiso.dlalisa - 2012-08-27 11:52

    That's it?? No fine for Orlando Pie Rats?? Is it because Irvin Khoza is the PSL Chairman?? Oh well..... its okay, we're used to it now...

  • magomarele - 2012-08-27 15:15

    Now, reflecting on Saturday night’s game between Orlando Pirates and Suppersport United: Firstly, never mind Benni’s incident, which I fully believe was poorly handled by the ref, I believe the whole game was so badly officiated. Many decisions like off-side calls and fouls were very questionable. One of major turning points during the game was yellow card awarded to Sifiso Miyeni for what referee called a simulation when it was clear that the player was fouled. The set piece awarded to Supersport United would eventually lead to first goal of the game which swung the game in Supersport United’s favour. I just think we need better referees who understand that the interests of the sport come first, and that their personal egos and rural arrogance is costing teams dearly. We’re talking of people’s careers here. Teams get relegated because of poor decisions like the ones we saw on Saturday night. When I take my time to watch soccer games, I actually want to watch clean soccer, not some circus we were subjected to by referee Robert Smith on Saturday night.

      abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-08-27 15:53

      so it is only bad refering when it affects pie rats what about refering against supersport was it spot on, i think u guys cant take defeat.

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-08-27 16:19

    fine the referee as well 4 poor decisions, fans react to bad referees

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