CAPE TOWN – Kaizer Chiefs will await their sanctions from the Premier Soccer League after pleading guilty to a charge of misconduct in relation to the violence at Moses Mabhida Stadium on April 21.
Chiefs fans went on the rampage after watching their team go down 2-0 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final at the iconic Durban 2010 World Cup venue.
Initially, Chiefs players and officials sitting on the bench were pelted with objects during the second half as it dawned on the Amakhosi supporters that their side were going down to Ea Lla Koto.
And once the final whistle blew, all hell broke loose as fans stormed the pitch, resulting in the players and coaches scurrying to safety down the tunnel as they tried to get to embattled coach Steve Komphela, who resigned on the same night.
But in the chaos that ensured, security offices were attacked and television cameras and other equipment were damaged, while seats were also ripped out of the stands.
In the end, 18 people were injured, with five needing to go to hospital.
Up to nine people have been arrested and appeared in court in Durban for the violence, with damages estimated at around R2.6 million.
“Judgment has been reserved in respect of the sanction in the matter between Kaizer Chiefs FC and the Premier Soccer League following a Disciplinary Committee sitting on 9 May,” the PSL said in a statement on Friday.
“Kaizer Chiefs pleaded guilty to the charges of misconduct on the part of their supporters on 21 April during the Nedbank Cup fixture against Free State Stars FC, where their supporters invaded the pitch, assaulted fellow supporters and security officials, and damaged property at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.”