Strong warning to Pirates, Chiefs fans

Telkom Knockout

The PSL has issued a strong warning ahead of the much-anticipated Soweto Derby on Saturday.

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will go head-to-head in the Telkom Knockout last eight at Moses Mabhida Stadium, with another packed house gathered for the biggest game in local football.

The League, alongside the former head of FNB Stadium Jack Gobler who has been appointed as the head of safely and risk department in the PSL last month.

Speaking at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday alongside PSL senior manager Lux September they issued a strong message to all the football-loving people who will be attending the game on Saturday.

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"This kind of event usually takes up to six weeks of planning, there's a lot of people involved in preparing for the Derby. Our responsibility is to make sure that supporters are safe in and out of the stadium, and they enjoy themselves before and after the match," Gobler said.

"We are going to roll out the 2010 FIFA World Cup security plan, that means there will be seven parts of security around the stadium. The first will be traffic to look at parking, secondly everyone must produce a valid ticket, if you don't have a ticket don't even come near the stadium, we will make sure everyone has a valid ticket.

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"Reselling the tickets will be a crime, so better watch the game on TV to avoid unnecessary drama and end up in jail. Fake tickets and merchandise around the stadium won't be allowed. We will be using top scanners which will only allow the ticket to be scanned once, so fans are advised not to try anything else because it won't end well."

The PSL also urges fans to obey the rules and come early to avoid any delays for the start of the match. There will be live music performances on the day starting from from 12h00.

"We plead with our supporters to come early so we can avoid the delay of the kick-off, we will also have entertainment from AKA, DJ Tira and popular Maskandi artists."

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There will be a large police and security presence around the stadium and a huge deployment from the bomb squad to the on-field security, which will be around 450 police.

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