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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 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 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?

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

Super Green
posted: 12:55 pm
Prof Schloss, we went to school as well:

Moses Mabhida Stadium = 70 000 fans @R40 = R2.8-million
Orlando Stadium = 40 000 fans @ R20 = R800 000
That’s a cool R2-million extra in the PSL’s pockets….
posted: 01:08 pm
Honestly, I believe it is fair to charge that amount. That game is huge and it is a strategy to control the number of people who want to attend this game and prevent the overflow of the fans.
posted: 01:13 pm

The same complainers will have a 6-pack of beer that costs R56 after the game..i hope PSL doesnt entertain these leeches who always complain..

posted: 01:14 pm
Im sure its the Pirates fans who are complaining Ernest, not Chiefs fans
posted: 01:20 pm
There won't be 70 000 tickets sold for this game, maybe 55000 will be. Gauteng guys can watch this one on tv for a change - Durban guys will fill the stadium!
posted: 01:26 pm
Machaka said it.."Why take two Soweto clubs to Durban to play there"?

They are killing the brand of the local clubs in Durban..

whats next? Santos and Ajax in Thohoyandou?
posted: 01:28 pm
That is a Soweto derby and should be played in Soweto, or at least in Jozi - even if it costs R40 is ok mara let them play in their own area
posted: 01:37 pm
It certainly does make sense wrt operational costs though 1 must be moved by the fact that should Amazulu n Chiefs play in the final @ full capacity, the amount of people @ d game will remain unchanged though the price would be R20. It would not make sense in dat instance coz the common denominator(the fans) will still be there.
posted: 01:38 pm
I also don't mind the R40 price tag but if that's gonna be the case then the fair thing would be for all matches to be charged R40! This is only fair...
posted: 01:41 pm
Mr Schloss wateng, you must go to the nearest hell with that side mess. We don't care about the running of the game. The fact here is that charge us equally. If you charge R20 or R40, then charge that money to everyone. Let the boy get this comments

From Nollen Kgoedi aka Mancane
posted: 01:42 pm
That is a Soweto derby and should be played in Soweto, or at least in Jozi - even if it costs R40 is ok mara let them play in their own area
posted: 01:44 pm
It depends on who is hosting. Ask Kaizer senior. He once released a statement explaining dis last year after de same thing happened. He classifies de game as category A.
posted: 01:44 pm
Mr Editor I think it is a ripp off coz the other teams fans are paying R20 for the game,The Psl&Telkom must be responsible for everything including medical assistance&de food.It is not the fans place to feed those people.Come on guys this is daylight robbery for the fans.I know Chiefs&Pirates are big teams but this is too much maybe Machaka is telling the truth that de Psl thinks Chiefs and Pirates fans have got fatter bank accounts.This is not fair.
posted: 01:48 pm
Even if it was R26.85 people would still complain and say why is the other game R24.75

posted: 01:50 pm
Playapresident I agree with u my brother.
posted: 01:56 pm
if 40000 fans attend at the set price, the PSL will pocket R 1600000!!!! Logic informs me that there will be +50000 fans at the stadium...

Gotta envy the PSL...
posted: 02:00 pm
It's 40 -40!!!! calling for a socialist state!
posted: 02:01 pm
Did the PSL authorities receive a fax yesterday informing them about the costs of hosting the derby??

POINT IS: The PSL had long known about the demands that come with a game of this magnitude and it is their responsibility to plan accordingly and in time. They also need to make us aware or educate us about these things in advance, we hate such suprises. Let it be official if need be that a derby will be more expensive to watch than any other game, don't tell us when we have to buy tickeets.

Jack Sparrow(captain of the ship)
posted: 02:01 pm

Truely speaking it makes sense that chiefs and Pirates have to be a bit expansive as these two clubs have have large support base as opposed to "santos and ajax",which translates to more security,traffic control,etc.I am not saying that prirates and chiefs fans have more money than other supporters,but for a game of this size u need to ensure that logistically u r prepared.

posted: 02:06 pm
Some people just like moaning for the sake of it. Considering supply and demand for the derby, this is actually not a rip off and neither has the PSL taken advantage of it. This is also nothing when considering the long distance travellers who have to folk out upto R300 for a return trip.

And to all Jozi fans, for once just let the derby be played somewhere else in the country beside Gauteng. Both of these teams have got massive support everywhere in the country but because of a distance some of them can only dream about watching them live. You also dont have to come to Durbs we shall fill up the stadium.
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