CAPE TOWN – Kaizer Chiefs have been fined R250 000 – of which R200 000 is suspended for 24 months – after being found guilty of misconduct by the Premier Soccer League on Thursday for failing to provide adequate security during their recent defeat to Chippa United.
Chiefs players and coach Steve Komphela were pelted by objects by irate fans after going down 3-0 to the Chilli Boys at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, April 7.
It arguably ended any real hopes of the Amakhosi sustaining their challenge for the Absa Premiership title, and increased the pressure on under-fire coach Komphela.
Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung was also blamed by the club’s supporters for the lack of success, and it resulted in the organisation taking action the next day.
Players, coaches and top management came together for a five-hour meeting on the Sunday morning to thrash out exactly what went wrong in the Chippa humiliation, and the club released a statement promising a “complete overhaul” next season.
But it did mean that Komphela would at least see out the season and finish his three-year contract, although he is likely to be let go at the end of the campaign.
Questions, though, will again be raised about whether Chiefs got off lightly, as the PSL’s sanction is effectively R50 000.
On Tuesday this week, Orlando Pirates were sanctioned to playing two matches behind closed doors – with one of those matches suspended for 24 months – for the violence that took place at Loftus Versfeld against Mamelodi Sundowns in February 2017.
The Buccaneers were also ordered to play the costs of the sittings of the PSL disciplinary committee.
As a result, Pirates will play Wits on April 25 behind closed doors.