Motaung urges Durban fans to stay home


Chiefs were slapped with a three-match suspension of fans attending their home matches in Durban last month and, although the club have appealed this ruling, it has not been suspended until such a time as the appeal is heard.

Therefore, Amakhosi will face Polokwane City behind closed doors in their Absa Premiership encounter scheduled for 18h00 on Saturday.

It has since been confirmed that the match will be broadcast live on SuperSport for supporters to enjoy the fixture from home.

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As such, Motaung has urged that supporters learn their lesson in that violence will not be tolerated at football stadia anywhere in the country.

"We would like to call on Amakhosi and football lovers in KwaZulu-Natal who were planning to go to the stadium to stay at home with family and friends on Saturday when Kaizer Chiefs take on Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership fixture," read a statement from the Chiefs boss,

"The match scheduled to take place on Saturday, 6 October 2018 at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium will be played behind closed doors.

"As we know, the lockout is as a result of the order imposed by the Disciplinary Committee of the PSL. This followed the lamentable events of 21 April 2018 at Moses Mabhida Stadium after the Nedbank Cup match against Free State Stars where fans invaded the pitch and caused damage to property.

"We hope this sanction is a learning (sic) to the fans. Such behaviour goes against the very ethos of what Amakhosi stand for, which is Love & Peace.

"It besmirches the reputation of the club, sponsors and the millions of well-mannered supporters who make up the Kaizer Chiefs Family; it brings the game of football itself into disrepute.

"And, on a wider scale, it reflects badly on our people and our country when the footage is accordingly disseminated across the world."

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'Chincha Guluva' also issued a reminder that the club have delivered on their promises following their abysmal run last season, and assures that more 'home' fixtures will be scheduled for Durban so as to accommodate supporters who wish to return to the stands to support their team once the suspension lapses.

"As promised at the time, changes have been made to the team and results have been coming. Everybody at the club is working to the best of their ability to ensure on-the-field success and to give joy to the fans," Motaung added.

"We call on supporters in Durban and surrounding areas to not come anywhere near the stadium to ensure the smooth running of the proceedings.

"The support of our fans always has a tremendously positive effect in boosting the confidence of the players, particularly in Durban and the team will most certainly miss this boost.

"It’s important that everybody pulls in the same direction and we therefore implore all our supporters to get behind the team from the comfort of their home for the next two home matches in Durban.

"There will be more home games in Durban this season and our people will get to see their favourite team live.

"Acts of violence have no place in our society, least of all football. Acts of this nature endanger the lives of innocent people and cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.

"Once again, Kaizer Chiefs does not condone any acts of violence and, please remember, we are a peace-loving group of people."

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