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SAFA boss slams hooligans

2012-10-01 14:55

Johannesburg - Hooliganism within South African football must be eliminated as soon as possible, SA Football Association (SAFA) president Kirsten Nematandani said on Monday.

"Most people go to watch soccer as a source of entertainment with their families, and they need to be protected from these thugs," Nematandani said in a statement.

"SAFA condemns this unruly behaviour unconditionally."

He said soccer fans should learn to respect the outcome of any game.

"We cannot allow people to take the law into their own hands, because by so doing they are destroying the 2010 (World Cup) legacy."

Nematandani's comments followed unruly behaviour from Mamelodi Sundowns supporters after their 2-0 Premiership defeat to Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday.

Supporters tore down barriers and knocked over the club dugout in protest as their team slumped to a fourth defeat in six games.

Overzealous Sundowns supporters had also caused disturbances following the Brazilians' home-defeat to Maritzburg United last week, baying for coach Johan Neeskens' blood.

The SAFA president urged clubs and the Premier Soccer League to root out the problem through educating supporters and harshly punishing perpetrators.

"These unpleasant images are viewed across the globe," he said.

"They are denting the image of football in the country, hence we say no to hooliganism.

"The league should go through all available footage and ban for life those involved in such dangerous and unruly behaviour.

"We should root out this evil before it becomes a monster."

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Comments
  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-01 15:09

    Hooligans indeed

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-10-01 15:26

      PSL is the worst league on earth!

      skhona.luswazi - 2012-10-01 17:38

      @dirhshan just because you support Man united you don't have to disrespect PSL cause you stay here> SNiTcht<

      paul.nefdt - 2012-10-02 01:55

      SA soccer is in PERIL!! Our biggest problem is the ongoing tiff between SAFA & the PSL, as long as these two organizations disagree soccer has very little chance of solid progress in SA. Catch 22.. The PSL ambitions. As a brand, the PSL would like to deliver good attractive football, similar to what we see in Europe, (& this statement is in no way a gesture that SA football is any less attractive), so many clubs board's are often find themselves tempted to bring in foreign coaches in pursuit of success & a attractive brand of football. But because of little or no exposure to grass route development, many of our professional players dont buy into the foreign coaches vision & often desert the coach's plans on the field of play.. & then we see incidents like the Sundowns loss this weekend, where the fans blames the coach, but in theory, its the few under performing players who are to blame not the coaches. So, until SA address the issue at a grass routes level, we will always see fans reacting this way..

      paul.nefdt - 2012-10-02 02:05

      @ andre.rabie.14 : if you looking for the miss behaving white folk, you dont have to look far, just point your line of sight to the 99% white soccer hooligans in Europe, then you will realise that unacceptable fan behavior is not a character trait of only black sports fans like you insinuating...

      paul.nefdt - 2012-10-02 02:21

      @ dhirshan.gobind : wow, you cant even decide which of the two teams in La Liga you like the most, & so you like both Barca & RM... the first rule about being a football fan is to choose your team & stick with them... Talk about the worst league in the world?? Barca & RM consume 80% of La Liga's income, no wonder they win everything, they're playing with a loaded hand... Another form of financial doping...

  • Delacruise01 - 2012-10-01 15:21

    Banning people will never work, there is no way of implementing this properly in SA. The best way is to create a barrer like a fence or moat. A fence will spoil the view, but a moat that is deep enough that people wont be able to get in and get out and wide enough so that they wont be able to jump will work the bets. Also you wont be able to jail these guys for long but you can fine them. Give them a big enough fine so that they wont be able to buy tickets to attend any mathes in the future.

      seventiesreunion - 2012-10-01 15:51

      As a UK citizen brought up on the terraces of English clubs in the seventies and eighties when we were treated little better than cattle, regularly crushed against iron rails, not afforded proper washroom facilities with little in the way of refreshments, it is interesting to see how the introduction of seating and civilised sanitary arrangement, along with decent food has helped to transform what was once a sport for the working classes. All we have to do now is eradicate the organised hooliganism and obscene chants. South Africa could perhaps look closely at the UK scene for ideas which do not include moats and electric fences!

      Delacruise01 - 2012-10-01 16:08

      I have to agree regarding hooligans in SA verses those oversees. SA just have to stop it before it goes that far. Among the rugby supporters they blame it on alcohol, in soccer its a lack of respect.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-01 16:31

      Some Europeans / East Europeans were once or twice fined to play in front of empty stadiums, maybe it needs to be done here?

  • fdalana - 2012-10-01 16:09

    I bet you non-psl supporters will flood this article will arrogent comments as if any of what happened yesterday does not happen anywhere alse around the world.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-01 16:22

    All around the world where football is played this is the norm and it only happens in this "game" The guilty if caught,should be banned at all matches but unfortunately this will never happen.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-10-01 16:43

    Ben. Lol. Did i hurt ur feelings? I hope i did cos its simply true. U dont like it? To bad.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-10-01 16:44

    Pity me? -sigh- boring boy

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-10-01 17:14

    Unfortunately it's part of the game

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-01 21:39

      World over, it's always attracted the lower classes.

  • cry.mashiane - 2012-10-01 17:19

    These hooligans should just watch their teams at home on tv so that whenever they feel like venting their frustrations they smash their own tvs instead of putting other peoples lives in danger. After the 11 April 2001 tragedy at Ellis Park you would think supporters would be always on their best behaviours when they're in stadiums!!!

  • Lee Mazibuko - 2012-10-01 18:03

    hw can u go 2da stadium 2cos Havoc,r black ppl dat stupid,dy strike 4salary increase while dy show money,hw many coaches dd sundowns change cos of dy r unhappiness supporters,south African ppl never satisfy,dy demand miracles while dy hv doubts sis man.

  • Lee Mazibuko - 2012-10-01 18:10

    Lets all go 2strike,supporters strike,mine workers strike,truck drivers strike,whose nxt?ohh grade R kids dy demand better life 4demself cos dy r parents ignored dem.

  • Sydney Hakeem Thabo Dipela - 2012-10-01 18:49

    its a disgrace some of you were not even born when these were formed sies

  • justinasher - 2012-10-01 19:25

    Barely hooligans....

  • paul.nefdt - 2012-10-02 01:54

    SA soccer is in PERIL!! Our biggest problem is the ongoing tiff between SAFA & the PSL, as long as these two organizations disagree soccer has very little chance of solid progress in SA. Catch 22.. The PSL ambitions. As a brand, the PSL would like to deliver good attractive football, similar to what we see in Europe, (& this statement is in no way a gesture that SA football is any less attractive), so many clubs board's are often find themselves tempted to bring in foreign coaches in pursuit of success & a attractive brand of football. But because of little or no exposure to grass route development, many of our professional players dont buy into the foreign coaches vision & often desert the coach's plans on the field of play.. & then we see incidents like the Sundowns loss this weekend, where the fans blames the coach, but in theory, its the few under performing players who are to blame not the coaches. So, until SA address the issue at a grass routes level, we will always see fans reacting this way..

  • nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-10-06 06:44

    Hooligans indeed

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