SAFA: Thugs must be punished
Posted: 23 April 2018 Time: 11:06
The South African Football Association has called on the public to help police identify the Kaizer Chiefs fans that turned violent at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.
The match between Chiefs and Free State Stars was marred by unruly behaviour from Amakhosi supporters, as security guards were assaulted, parts of the venue were torched, broadcast equipment was vandalised, and players and officials were pelted with missiles.
Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza will speak on the incident at a press conference today, scheduled to start at 12h30.
SAFA have released a statement, which reads: 'The South African Football Association (SAFA) condemns in the strongest possible terms, the senseless violence that occurred after the Nedbank Cup semi-final match between Kaizer Chiefs FC and Free State Stars FC at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 21 April 2018.
'SAFA calls on members of the public to assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) with identifying the hooligans involved. They should be arrested and appropriately charged as soon as possible.
'For far too long, perpetrators of violence at football matches have not been held accountable for their actions, and this needs to stop. The hooligans that caused chaos and disorder at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday must face the full might of the law.
'We would also want to take this opportunity to wish those injured during the mayhem on Saturday a speedy recovery.
'On our part as the football governing body, we will engage with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and government authorities to get to the bottom of the matter and to come up with lasting solutions to prevent such incidents from happening again.
'Events like this damage the brand of the sport, create a negative perspective and defeat the purposes of going to the football matches for entertainment.
'Safety and the protection of fans, players, match officials, the media, service providers and everyone involved with the game are of paramount importance and should be guaranteed.'