Fans invade the pitch and start to riot after the Nedbank Cup semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars on Saturday. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Fans invade the pitch and start to riot after the Nedbank Cup semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars on Saturday. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Kaizer Chiefs striker Leonardo Castro takes cover and heads for the change rooms as fans throw missiles at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Kaizer Chiefs striker Leonardo Castro takes cover and heads for the change rooms as fans throw missiles at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN - The South African Football Association (Safa) have called on the public to help police to identify the guilty parties that perpetrated violence at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Safa were the latest organisation to condemn the absolute chaos that occurred on Saturday night in Durban when Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-0 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final.

PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza will host a press conference at 12.30pm on Monday to address the incident, in which 18 people were injured and considerable damage was done to the stadium and television cameras and sound equipment as fans invaded the pitch at the end of the match.

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“Safa calls on members of the public to assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) with identifying the hooligans involved. They should be arrested and appropriately charged as soon as possible,” the statement read.

“For far too long, perpetrators of violence at football matches have not been held accountable for their actions, and this needs to stop.

“The hooligans that caused chaos and disorder at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday must face the full might of the law.

“We would also want to take this opportunity to wish those injured during the mayhem on Saturday a speedy recovery.”

Safa said that they will discuss the incident with the PSL and “government authorities”.

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“On our part as the football governing body, we will engage with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and government authorities to get to the bottom of the matter, and to come up with lasting solutions to prevent such incidents from happening again.

“Events like this damage the brand of the sport, create a negative perspective and defeat the purposes of going to the football matches for entertainment.

“Safety and the protection of fans, players, match officials, the media, service providers and everyone involved with the game are of paramount importance and should be guaranteed.”


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