Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
23 Apr 2018
4:53 pm

Khoza apologises to stakeholders after fan violence

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza has apologised to the stakeholders in the league, saying this past weekend’s incident that occurred during the Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars Nedbank Cup semi-final clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium is bad for football in the country.

PSL chairman Irvin Khoza (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Amakhosi were knocked-out of the competition after losing 2-0 and the supporters of the team invaded the pitch, leaving a couple of people injured, the stadium and cameras damaged.

“We apologise to all the stakeholders and broadcasters for the damage caused to their property. The pictures of the pitch invasion in the media are not good for the image of our local football,” said the PSL chairman during a press conference at the PSL headquarters on Monday.

“Let me say that the League takes its responsibility to secure the safety of the fans, players and officials very seriously. There will be a thorough investigation. We also note the upward trend of increasing violence at stadiums.”

The PSL chairman also added that everybody who got injured at the stadium has been released, but also revealed that should there be anyone who suffered any serious injuries then one of the League’s main sponsors has stepped forward to help towards medical expenses.

“Fortunately, in terms of what we have in our report now is that all the people who were injured have been discharged, but sometimes you can find that a person has been discharged, but there are consequences after two or three days when they go back for a check-up and they find that there is something with the brain…we don’t know.”