Pirates fans go ballistic

2012-08-26 10:23

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates fans showed their dismay at the team's home loss on Saturday night by hurling objects, including vuvuzelas, onto the pitch and at stadium security.

The Buccaneers, defending champions of the MTN8 cup, 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 key striker Benni McCarthy was sent off just before the half-time break after he was shown a second yellow card by the match referee.

"Human beings sometimes react [to] a wrong decision," Pirates coach Augusto Palacios said after the match.

"It happens in football. I can't stop it. It's wrong, but I can't stop it."

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.

The delay was short and play resumed in a matter of minutes.

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, shortly before the post-match media conference.

Carol Tshabalala, a presenter for broadcaster SuperSport, tweeted: “Pitch invaded by fans. We had to run off.


  • FurnitureFusion - 2012-08-26 10:31

    Disgusting but typicl

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-08-26 10:59

    Palacios must go!

      nmunyai - 2012-08-27 09:21

      Y u rite

      nmunyai - 2012-08-27 09:21

      nmunyai - 2012-08-27 09:22


  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-26 11:11

    Not surprised at all. You'll never see this behaviour in SA Rugby or SA Cricket...

      francois.leroux.33 - 2012-08-26 14:31

      I seem to remember Kevin Mealamu being hit by a bottle in Pta.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-26 15:42

      I remember that, the bottle flew in from Mamelodi stadium.

      FurnitureFusion - 2012-08-27 08:57

      Charles is that Seriously your Surname? lol

      katleho.nakeli - 2012-08-27 14:47

      Football hooliganism is a world wide problem....don't try and limit it as a South African problem, cause that's just being ignorant.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-26 11:45

    This only happens when "fans" are unhappy if things don't go their way. Disgusting because this happens to often in football in South Africa

  • francois.leroux.33 - 2012-08-26 14:00

    Pirates and Chiefs always keeping SA soccer in the news for the WRONG reasons. It's time to let them play in fanless stadiums, maybe then the fans will realize what they are doing to the image of the beautiful game.

  • Sjavajuice - 2012-08-26 15:36

    Ag sowi bucs, next time. When u r used to winning, its nt easy to accept a defeat. Can't blame it on the coach though, he has done his best, but it's hard to play wth 1 guy down. Augasto didn't apply 4 the job n u couldn't see that he must go whn he kill the mighty Amakhosi by 3-2 last seasn, when he lift the carling black label. The coach vacancy is still open, he is only a caretaker and he hs done well. One lost match doesn't paint him that bad, we just need to pay respect to Gavin Hunt and the boys. If Khoza, Motaung n Motsepe r blind to see hw gud he is, the SA is missing a gud opportunity.

  • kgomotso.hlatshwayo - 2012-08-27 10:29

    LOL. theres a lot in common about Charles's surname and comments. Hahahaha!!!

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