Following ugly scenes that transpired at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Nedbank Cup semi-final clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars on Saturday evening, club chairman Kaizer Motaung has denounced the violence displayed by the fans.
Amakhosi fans went on a rampage – ripping out seats, setting fires in the stands, damaging TV cameras as well as attacking security personnel.
The scenes in Durban comes just a few weeks after Chiefs fans also protested by pelting objects at the players and technical staff when the Glamour Boys went down 3-0 to Chippa United at the FNB Stadium on April 7. Chiefs were subsequently found guilty by the PSL for failing to provide adequate security and were fined R 250 000, of which R200 000 was suspended for 24 months.
In a statement released by the club on Monday, “Chincha Guluva” said:
“Kaizer Chiefs condemns the unruly scenes of violence that took place on Saturday evening in the strongest possible terms during the Nedbank Cup semifinal match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium,” the statement started.
“We appeal to those people involved in the deplorable episode who claim to be our fans to stop this hooliganism immediately. Incidents like those that were witnessed have no place anywhere in our society, least of all football.
“Acts of this nature endanger the lives of innocent people and cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. We shall co-operate fully with law enforcement agencies and the PSL to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.
“Such behaviour goes against the very ethos of what Amakhosi stands for, which is Love and Peace.”