PSL lays charges against fans

2012-10-03 17:38

Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) laid criminal charges at the Dobsonville police station in Soweto on Wednesday against some Mamelodi Sundowns FC supporters.

Five charges were laid, including malicious damage to property, entering a designated area illegally and throwing dangerous objects.

A section of disgruntled Sundowns supporters at the Premiership clash with hosts Moroka Swallows on Sunday damaged property at the Dobsonville Stadium and invaded the pitch after the final whistle. Sundowns lost the match 2-0.

Police from the nearby Dobsonville police station had to be called in to restore order at the ground.

Sundowns' supporters also threw vuvuzelas at coach Johan Neeskens, who they want fired because of a lack of wins and a poor run of results in their league and cup campaigns.

PSL media manager Luxolo September said the national soccer body needed to send a message to supporters that unruly behaviour would not be tolerated.

"Today [Wednesday], the PSL together with stadium management went to Dobsonville to lay criminal charges against some individuals," September said.

"Five charges have been laid, including malicious damage to property.

"The good thing is that we have handed the police the evidence, including video and still images.

"We have also handed the names of some of the individuals to the police."

This is the first time in its history that the PSL has laid charges against individuals.

Mamelodi Sundowns confirmed on their website on Tuesday that the club's management had acted swiftly to identify those involved in the violence and the pitch invasion.

The club said their names would be handed to the SA Police Service for investigation and prosecution.

This was the second time this season that Sundowns fans resorted to violence after losing a match.

Three weeks ago, they tried to break through a barrier next to the players' tunnel at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, after the team's 2-1 loss to Maritzburg United.


  • ktmoifo - 2012-10-03 17:54

    Finally PSL laid criminal charges against some Mamelodi Sundowns FC supporters!

      normansolani.xibambu - 2012-10-03 19:12

      Now hooligans have atleast a bone to chew. We r sick and tired to be embarrased by this idiots who claim to know the game. This is atter stupidity. Lock them up and throw away the keys.

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-10-03 21:46

      Yhu bloody traitors, since when did they became hooligans and criminals? You are such coconuts, with that PSL management of yours. Now they ran out of a DC, because it's not one of those so called Soweto Giants. God Save Our League.

      tinyiko.wakarisenga - 2012-10-04 07:02

      i cn bet my lst cent doz hu dd dt r chiefs fans lols

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-03 18:19

    Well done, maybe mine owners can take notes.

  • mzoxolo.boyana - 2012-10-03 18:42

    At last.. I hope this wont just be talk. Put them behind bars...

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-03 18:57

    Another Ripley's believe it or not.

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-10-03 19:44

    Dont get me wrong i'm against hooliganism, but it did not start with sundowns supports why did'nt we see the same with chiefs and pirates incidents? We would like fair treatment.

      dmcmr.dhai - 2012-10-03 20:53

      There is always a start, get these guys behind bars and let e'm have criminal record against e'm

      elliot.masha - 2012-10-03 21:17

      Remember is for the second time already this season.

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-10-03 21:37

      I'm a Bucs fan, and this has been happening for ages at Pirates camp. Now Sundowns its just a second time in all these years, they send the fans to the SAPS. What happened to the PSL's desciplinary committee? The workshops and warnings should have been done in the first place. Because, us as fans thats how we know how to comunicate with the management.

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-10-03 19:54

    At last,what took them so long.Use the cameras and lock this scum away.Every time their club lose they take it out on the stadiums.They number just a few but they give all of us soccer loving fans a bad name in this beautiful country of ours.Lock the PR...s away and ban them for life.

  • Kgotsoshalom - 2012-10-03 21:52

    This is a turning point and a good one. The same method should be used when those who strikes damage the government properties. It's about time that hooligans are dealt with we just can't let criminals get away every time they do crime. I'm a Sundowns supporter who is behind the coach and a team.

  • mandlapm69 - 2012-10-03 22:28

    Ooh double standards. When Chiefs fan do the same thing, our team gets fined R500 000. But now fans are charged because it is Sundowns.

  • brian.korobele - 2012-10-03 23:35

    This is a double standard....... as Sundowns supporter I am appealing for equal justice... I believe Pls DC must warn Sundowns Supporters who destroyed de studium because this kind of behaviour was happening more often, Cheatas and Pirates committed this kind of transgrassion more than anyone Pls Teams bt was never taken any hush decision against them... Lastely I believe Sundowns management must also start to take supporters very seriously....

      tshikare.makgoane - 2012-10-04 14:05

      Sundowns supporters have already perfected the at of coach bashing, It is now the 14th coach who was unceremoniously chased away by the supporters and the second stadium in 1 season that they vandalised. Something aught to be done to have this situation under control

      brian.korobele - 2012-10-04 15:12

      I am not supporting hooliganism, what ill supporters has done is total wrong and embarrasing Cheeters has also burned the studium at cape Town but PSL DC never come up with mentality of arresting supporters,Security was also hit by pourage, Orlando studium was also vandalised two month ago but action was never taken against supporters... I repeat again I am pleading for equal justice..... irrespective of supporters transgration I still hold Sundowns management accountable for provoking supporters football is game of emotion... if we lose the game we want Team work(unity), fighting spirit and player's willness....

  • magomarele - 2012-10-04 09:16

    Well done PSL for charging the hooligans. Now, the next thing should be to charge the refs who deliberately cheat teams by participating in match fixing, like Robert Smith who robbed Pirates against Supersport.

  • malepfana - 2012-10-04 12:05

    To liitle too late

  • tshikare.makgoane - 2012-10-04 14:00

    Sundowns have 200 supportes and some 51 will be arrested and the remaining lot will be afraid to attend soccer games thus leaving the club to play in the empty stadium. Supporters of all PSL and NFD teams should take hearth, and abstain from this type of behaviour

  • zanemsomi - 2012-10-04 16:05

    Money can't buy you win, Patrice please be involved in your club's matters. Why did you buy Sundowns if you are not proud own of it.

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