PSL could ban vuvuzelas

2010-10-21 14:09

Johannesburg - Vuvuzelas could be banned by the Premier Soccer League if supporters continue to use them as missiles by throwing them onto the pitch during matches, PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu said on Thursday.

"It is only my opinion, but if this trend continues we will have to act more strongly," he said.

Majavu was appearing alongside Kaizer Chiefs' chairperson Kaizer Motaung, who apologised for fans throwing two vuvuzelas and a cabbage onto the field during Amakhosi's MTN8 semi-final clash against Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium on September 26.

Motaung said he was not in favour of vuvuzelas at matches.

"Vuvuzelas take something away from our games. To me, vuvuzelas are just a noisy thing people like, but I prefer to watch fans like Bloemfontein Celtic sing and dance and support their team.

"Also, vuvuzelas can be used to bring things into the stadium, but that is just my opinion," he said.

Majavu had ordered Motaung to address the media as part of Chiefs' punishment for their fans' behaviour.

Chiefs were found guilty of failing to control their fans and were fined R500 000 which was wholly suspended.

"If a Chiefs fan as much as throws a piece of bread onto the pitch, Chiefs will forfeit R500 000," Majavu warned.

In a statement, Motaung apologised for the harm caused by "the offending individuals".

"These misdemeanours are serious as they impact on the reputation of South African soccer in general and Kaizer Chiefs in particular," he said.

"We have repeatedly called for restraint and urged supporters and fans to consider the consequences of their actions in stadiums, yet it seems a small group of individuals are intent on bringing Chiefs into disrepute."

If they were true Chiefs fans, they would not act this irresponsibly, Motaung said.

"Over the past few years, Chiefs have repeatedly been called to account for the misdemeanours of their fans and in all instances we have apologised unreservedly.

"We are, however, concerned about the growing trend of hooliganism which undermines the image of soccer and our own reputation which has successfully been built of the values of love and peace over 40 years."

He said Chiefs were committed to combating the behaviour holding soccer to ransom.

Motaung and Majavu stressed the need for authorities and clubs to collaborate on the creation of structures which would prevent future bad behaviour at stadiums.

"It is not just a Chiefs problem, but more widespread," said Motaung.

Majavu said the PSL should not be scared to review their disciplinary rules and change them.

He said this was Chiefs' eighth conviction on the same charge; Pirates had five, and Mamelodi Sundowns had six convictions for crowd misbehaviour.

"I am sick and tired of prosecuting clubs for the same crimes. Something needs to be done. Fines are not the answer and the authorities need to come up with better solutions to (stamp) out hooliganism at stadiums," said Majavu.


  • @Majavu - 2010-10-21 14:29

    If you are so sick and tired. what should be done to stop this.I'm sick and tired of officials whether its polititians saying the samething like WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION or WE HAVE A PLAN ,yet nothing is done.

  • Big Fart no Chief - 2010-10-21 14:40

    If I was a PSL soccer fan that disliked Chiefs, I would dress in chiefs fan kit and throw many many cabbages onto the pitch, just to get them the does a cabbage make it into a stadium? "Oh Im going to snack on it at half time and spend the next 40 minutes melting those people around me's faces with my pungent farts"

  • Big Fart no Chief - 2010-10-21 14:41

    If I was a PSL soccer fan that disliked Chiefs, I would dress in chiefs fan kit and throw many many cabbages onto the pitch, just to get them the does a cabbage make it into a stadium? "Oh Im going to snack on it at half time and spend the next 40 minutes melting those people around me's faces with my pungent farts"

  • zero my hero - 2010-10-21 14:47

    what about the missile throwing supporters. Is there nothing that can be done to punish them... may we get Mr. Zola Majavu to comment please.

  • GH - 2010-10-21 14:51

    What a joke! After we convince the rest of the world that the vuvuzela is the best thing since sliced bread, the PSL is now threatening to ban it! I love this part "I prefer to watch fans like Bloemfontein Celtic sing and dance and support their team." Is that not what the rest of the world said before we forced them to listen to the vuvuzela.

  • Ereckson - 2010-10-21 14:59

    PSL must act now before is too late,back to basics is only the way to go. we should have ban the Vuvuzelas after the world cup

  • Tieho - 2010-10-21 15:00

    try that!

  • What is the PSL and does anyone care about it? - 2010-10-21 15:04

    I cant speak for all people but I would imagine that they harbour a strong dislike for both Vuvuzela's and the PSL (whatever that is) I love the way that no body has commented!

  • Majavu's brother - 2010-10-21 15:16

    Mr prosecuter, you are not a soccer official, u r a simple procetuter who has been milking PLS money for years now, so u think u can dictate to us what to do at staduims, Let me ask u a question, If we fans decide not to go to the staduim if our vuvuzela is banned, are u going to fill up the staduim? Stop poking your nose where it does not belong, continue with your suspended sentences

  • Shawn - 2010-10-21 15:28

    Ban it already!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mark - 2010-10-21 15:30

    When will common sense over take national pride over a plastic horn? I truely believed in the vuvuzela until I attended a SWC game where I could only guess around one quarter of fans had vuvzelas. The noise was deafening and most unpleasant. Blow the vuvuzela but have a little common decency and limit yourself.

  • Mnumzane - 2010-10-21 15:37

    Tru Motaung-Vuvuzelas are noise making gadget that does not contribute to the game. But do not ban it Majavu. Sooner ten later pple wil start leaving their Vuvuzelas at home and start singing at the stadiumz.

  • Alchemist - 2010-10-21 15:45

    When used out of its proper cultural environment ... for an ever increasing number of people it is a very immature and offensive thing ...

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-10-21 15:49

    Well that means seats have to be banned too. Remember what happened at Newlands?

  • Wesley - 2010-10-21 15:53

    Ban THEM!!! You know you want to

  • Good Luck - 2010-10-21 16:23

    Good luck with that...we all know that in this country we have problems with authority, and the more people tell us not to do things, the more we like to do it.

  • skinzo - 2010-10-21 16:35

    @PSL is that the only solution you guys can think about? Huh why do this people always think inside the box? Use technology to identify perpetrators and charge them for their violent acts haibo!

  • DeonL - 2010-10-21 16:39

    Why are most Fines suspended? We could have better crowd control if Fines are felt by the clubs!

  • WARWICK - 2010-10-21 16:56

    Prosecutor-apply common sense-what harm could a Vuvu possibly do? It's like throwing R25 notes away. Kaiser-teach your "striker" son to score goals and give back the "commission" yoyu received from the TV rights deal-no Supersport vs Ajax last night! Tough competition between PSL and SABC,"who is the weakest link"? Goodbye!

  • Rhino77 - 2010-10-21 17:29

    Let the human voice return to the soccer fields and be enjoyed by all.

  • deon - 2010-10-21 17:52

    Typical, everything is still the same- what else can you expect from a 3rd world country with 3rd world behaviour!

  • FOOTBALL LOVER - 2010-10-21 18:46

    please ban this thing immediately. It just destroys football. I have many times this season considered going to the stadium, then I remember how the vuvuzela spoils the game, and I just stay away.

  • gav - 2010-10-21 18:47

    Music to my ears,Ban it!!!!!

  • chuma - 2010-10-22 11:20

    I guess people have had enough about the vuvuzela.

  • LETONA - 2010-10-22 19:29


  • Cabbage - 2010-10-25 11:51

    Nevermind the vuvuzela what the hell was someone doing with a cabbage at a stadium....

  • Bebre - 2010-10-27 12:24

    During the SWC there were police officers patroling together with the security gaurds. What happend to that ? Oh sorry, this is SAFA not FIFA. Therefore Cabbages will be the order of the day. Front row seats are now taken up by Cabbage Monsters making it difficult for some fans to watch the game. Where are the security people..? I guess big screen TV will be my stadium from now on? Next thing we will have WaterMelons in the stadium, now imagine that missile onto Khune's head?

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