CAPE TOWN – Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza will host a press conference on Monday at 12.30pm in which he is likely to speak about the violence that erupted at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.
Chaotic scenes led to TV broadcasts being cut short after spectators invaded the pitch and attacked security guards following Kaizer Chiefs’ 2-0 defeat to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final.
Fans began hurling objects in the direction of the Chiefs bench during the second half, and the situation boiled over after the final whistle as the security cordon was breached.
Players and officials ran for the tunnel to escape the danger, but seats were broken and TV cameras and equipment vandalised.
The eThekwini Municipality’s Moses Mabhida Stadium manager, Vusi Mazibuko, said in a statement on Sunday that 18 men had been injured, of which five were taken to hospital for treatment before being discharged.
Durban police told Independent Media on Sunday that two men had been arrested, and they are likely to appear in court on Monday.
The PSL condemned the violence in a statement on Sunday, saying that “hooliganism and thuggery of this nature has no place in football, and acts of violence perpetrated by individuals last night cannot be tolerated.
“The League will work closely with law enforcement to ensure that those responsible for this hooliganism are subjected to judicial processes.
“The League is currently awaiting reports from all relevant roleplayers.”
But Khoza, who is also the Orlando Pirates chairman, will be expected to deliver a strong message on violence in football on Monday, as the PSL fined Chiefs R250 000 – of which R200 000 was suspended for 24 months – last week after fans pelted the players and now-former coach Steve Komphela following the 3-0 defeat to Chippa United at FNB Stadium on April 7.
In a terse, one-line message on Twitter, the PSL said: “PSL Chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza to hold a Press Conference on Monday (23 April) at 12h00,” with the time since being switched to 12.30pm.
One would think that the suspended R200 000 fine will immediately be issued on Monday, but serious action is required from the PSL to deal with growing incidents of violence and bad crowd behaviour.
The PSL said that the press conference will also be broadcast live on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
* This story has been updated.