May 23, 2018

S. African soccer violence condemned

24 April 2018, 04:04 | Simon Arnold

Steve Komphela coach of Kaizer Chiefs

Steve Komphela coach of Kaizer Chiefs

The two men charged with public violence and malicious damage to property following a pitch invasion at Moses Mabhida Stadium will appear in the Durban Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Earlier this month Kaizer Chiefs was fined R250 000, of which R200 000 was suspended for 24 months.

Chiefs Football Manager Bobby Motaung confirmed on Sunday that Komphela had quit with immediate effect and said it was best for the team right now.

Mabedi was the assistant to Komphela, who abruptly left Chiefs on Saturday without winning a single trophy during his three-year tenure following a 2-0 defeat to unfancied Free State Stars in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup at the Moses Mabhida Stadium at the weekend.

"Anyone sensible‚ anyone who knows football‚ will recognise that Steve has done a great job for Kaizer Chiefs‚" insisted Motaung‚ who is himself in the firing line over his mediocre recruitments for the club in recent seasons.

Although the club understood the fans' frustration that they lost the match, "venting frustration through rampant thuggery is totally unacceptable".

"We will wait and see, but the guy who will come in must be given time to re-organise things at the club, there should be no rush for him to implement his ideas", the former SuperSport United player said. "We are anxious about the safety of the players, the coach and supporters".

Terrified players had to run for the safety of the dressing rooms as the enraged fans swept onto the field after the final whistle.

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) also condemned the violence. "The league will work closely with law enforcement to ensure that those responsible for this hooliganism are subjected to judicial process", the statement said.

"Hooliganism and thuggery of this nature has no place in football and acts of violence. can not be tolerated", South Africa's Premier Soccer League said.

Malawian football legend Patrick Mabedi has been assigned with the role to manage South African Premier Soccer League side Kaizer Chiefs until the end of the season.

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