It's a rip off - Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs fans
Posted: 31 March 2010 Time: 12:47
Fans from both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have lashed out at the PSL, claiming that they are being ‘ripped off' in terms of the price of the tickets for the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-finals.
The PSL announced that the tickets for the game between the Amakhosi and Bucs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Monday are being sold at R40 which is 100 per cent more than the price of the tickets for the other semi-final between AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Amakhosi fan Machaka Masilo tells KickOff.com that the PSL should treat all soccer fans in South Africa as equal.
"This is sad news for us as Pirates and Chiefs supporters. I don't see why we have to be charged more than other supporters in the PSL especially for the same tournament as AmaZulu and Ajax are also playing a semi-final match.
"I don't know, maybe they think Pirates and Chiefs supporters have fatter bank accounts than supporters of other clubs.
"We are being ripped off here and someone from PSL needs to explain because this is what is killing the attendance of supporters in the stadiums.
"Why take two Soweto clubs to Durban to play there. There are more Chiefs and Bucs supporters in Gauteng than Durban, so it will cost a lot more to travel down to support our team."
Meanwhile PSL Chief Operations Officer Prof Ronnie Schloss has given KickOff.com an explanation as to why the semi-final between Chiefs and Pirates in Durban next week will cost R40 a ticket.
"The basic cost of running the game between Pirates and Chiefs is more expensive compared to other games. There are many things that were considered before setting the price. This includes new security legislation where we will need 500 to 600 security personel at the stadium. We have to pay and feed those security personal at the stadium for that game.
"We also have the issue of bringing in more medical assistance at the stadium. This all expensive and the cost of running that game is in the excess of R1-million.
"People must also understand that fans have been charged R20 to watch the game for the past 15 years yet the cost of running the clubs has become more expensive," Schloss adds.
Do you think that the fans are being ripped off?