South African Football Player's Union threaten boycott following recent fan violence
Posted: 23 April 2018 Time: 18:00
The South African Football Players Union have threatened a possible boycott from players following the recent cases of stadium violence.
The situation continues to boil over in the wake of Kaizer Chiefs' supporters unruly behaviour following their side's 2-0 Nedbank Cup semi-final defeat to Free State Stars at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening.
While the South African Football Association, Premier Soccer League, Chiefs and various other stakeholders have strongly condemned the revolting acts of supporters, the Player's Union have also stepped in to express their discontent.
In a statement released on Monday evening, SAFPU said that should such scenes continue to expose player's to the threat of physical harm due to negligence by the league, clubs and stadium management, a boycott would ensue.
"The hooliganism displayed posed a great threat to the lives of the players and by extension the officials, journalists and the securities, who themselves are the people expected to serve and protect," read the statement from SAFPU.
"We can only hope that no player was harmed on the day but we cannot ignore how some securities were brutalized by the angry fans while they were in the line of duty trying to carry out their functions.
"It’s about time that serious sanctions are imposed on clubs who are found guilty of this criminal practice and not reduce the punishment to a mere fine which gets discounted at the end of the day.
"We hope and appeal to SAFA, who is the Federation of football in the country, to conduct an intense, fully fledged investigation and act accordingly in making sure that there’s compliance on security matters as set out in the international standards.
"We also encourage the law enforcement to act decisively to the perpetrators when found and set an example so that we eliminate this sickening behaviour out of the game once and for all.
"If we continue to ignore this fundamental aspect of the security in the stadiums, players will have no choice but to boycott games because of fear for their lives."