Chiefs supporters handed stadium ban
Posted: 11 September 2018 Time: 17:02
Kaizer Chiefs have been ordered to play behind closed doors by the Premier Soccer League's Disciplinary Committee.
Amakhosi have been sanctioned for their supporters' destructive pitch invasion at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in April, and must play their next two matches in KwaZulu-Natal without any supporters in attendance.
Chiefs fans went on the rampage after the club's 2-0 loss to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals condemned the Soweto giants to a third straight year without silverware under the watch of coach Steve Komphela.
Eighteen people were injured in the public violence and damage of around R2.6 million was sustained at the venue.
Komphela resigned in the wake of the unruly scenes in Durban.
The PSL released a statement on Tuesday, which reads: 'The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has found Kaizer Chiefs guilty and ordered that they play three matches behind closed doors with one (of the three) matches suspended for a period of 24 months provided Kaizer Chiefs is not found guilty of a similar offence.
'This follows the sitting of the Disciplinary Committee arising from the events of 21 April 2018 at Moses Mabhida Stadium during the Nedbank Cup match against Free State Stars where supporters of Kaizer Chiefs invaded the pitch and caused damage to property.
'The Disciplinary Committee further ruled that the matches which the club play behind closed doors must be scheduled for KwaZulu-Natal. The DC held a view that since the incident had occurred in KwaZulu-Natal, a strong message must be sent to the spectators in that province that the behaviour of 21 April 2018 is totally unacceptable.
'The findings of the Disciplinary Committee are in line with Article 45.5 of the NSL Handbook (Constitution) that holds Member Clubs culpable for the behaviour of their supporters.'