CAPE TOWN – Kaizer Chiefs finally commented formally on Monday morning on the mayhem that happened after their Nedbank Cup semi-final defeat to Free State Stars, saying that “venting frustration through rampant thuggery is totally unacceptable”.
The Amakhosi have been heavily criticised on social media platforms for failing to produce a statement on the violence that resulted in 18 people being injured and players running off the field following a pitch invasion at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night, after Chiefs lost 2-0 to Free State Stars.
Spectators went on the rampage, ripping out seats, setting fires in the stands, damaging TV cameras and other equipment, and also attacking security guards. The security cordon in the tunnel was also broken, which saw a live TV interview interrupted.
PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza will hold a press conference at 12.30pm on Monday, where he is expected to speak on the matter.
Chiefs have called on their fans to pull together going forward. Their next match is on Tuesday against Golden Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu (7.30pm kickoff).
“The key tenet of loyalty is showing unity and standing together in solidarity when the going gets tough. The support of fans has a tremendously positive effect in boosting the confidence of the players, particularly during a slump.
“Some of the world’s greatest clubs have endured lean spells during which silverware has temporarily dried up but they have come back stronger than ever.
“We need everybody pulling in the same direction and we therefore implore all of our supporters to calm down and get behind the team for the next three matches of the season.
“Once again, Kaizer Chiefs does not condone any acts of violence.”