Safpu condemns Kaizer Chiefs fans’ hooliganism

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South African Football Players Union (Safpu) Deputy General Secretary Taelo Calvin Motloung has condemned Saturday night’s acts of violence during the Nedbank Cup semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars.

Frustrated Chiefs fans stormed the pitch following a 2-0 defeat by Ea Lla Koto at the at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Motloung says the R250 000 fine will not deter fans from storming the pitch and damaging infrastructure.

He says even if Chiefs will be fined again, the hooliganism by its supporters will still continue.

Earlier in the month, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee fined Amakhosi R250 000 for misbehaviour of its fans who threw empty plastic bottles following a 3-1 defeat against Chippa United.

The fine was suspended for 24 months on condition that the club is not found guilty of a similar offence during that period.

The Safpu General Secretary has called on the PSL and clubs to educate their supporters about violence at stadiums.

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Motloung says fortunately no life was lost during those violent acts.

He says several players were caught in the crossfire as they were running for cover.

In one video doing the rounds on social media, a female security was seen being kicked in the upper body and beaten with plastic chairs by angry Chiefs fans.

Police had to use teargas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

Fans set fire to an SABC camera and damaged several chairs and speakers.

Kaizer Chiefs has since confirmed that Steve Komphela has resigned as head coach of the club with immediate effect.

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