CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
A total of 18 people were injured following
violent pitch invasion by football bans at Moses Mabhida Stadium
in Durban, authorities confirmed on Sunday.
A match on Saturday
night between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars concluded with
a serious pitch invasion resulting in injuries and damages, said
Vusi Mazibuko, General Manager of Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Chaos erupted at the
venue after angry fans invaded the pitch following Kaizer
Chiefs’ 2-0 loss to Free State Stars, dumping Chiefs out of the
Nedbank Cup. The fans attacked security guards and burned
properties at the stadium, prompting police to disperse the fans
with teargas and stun grenades.
A total of 18 men
suffered injuries during the pitch invasion, most of the men
being treated by medics at the stadium and five men were taken
to hospital where they were treated following the invasion,
Mazibuko said in a statement.
A video footage
showing the violent scenes went viral on social media.
“Costs are still
being counted but we confirm there is extensive damage to the
stadium including seating, crowd barriers and access gates as
well as general vandalism,” Mazibuko said.
Five vehicles were
also damaged in the media compound parking area, he said.
“We will confirm
within the next 48 hours the total sum of damages to the stadium
and precinct,” Mazibuko added.
Earlier reports said
a female security guard was killed during the riot. But
paramedics confirmed on Sunday that she was seriously injured
and is now in stable condition.
Police have so far
arrested two people for suspected acts of hooliganism. More
arrest would follow, police said.
The incident has
drawn condemnation from South African Minister of Sports and
Recreation, Tokozile Xasa and political parties.
charged for their fans violent behavior
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Monday charged
Kaizer Chiefs FC with misconduct and bringing the league into
On Saturday night,
Kaizer Chiefs fans invaded the pitch when the team lost 2-0 to
Free State Stars at the Nedbank Cup semifinal.
Kaizer Chiefs will
appear before the PSL Disciplinary Committee on May 3, 2018. The
PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza briefed the media in Johannesburg
about the violence on Monday.
“The league is
extremely shocked at the violence that took place at the Moses
Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. I want to make it clear that
there is no place for violence in our stadiums and society. 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,” said Khoza.
Khoza said there was
lack of budget which forced the PSL not to deploy enough police
and security at the stadium. He could not disclose how much
Kaizer Chiefs is likely to be fined.
Kaizer Chiefs had
recently been fined 16,667 U.S. dollars for their fans violent
South African medal winners at
2018 Commonwealth Games get cash reward
PRETORIA South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African government and sports
fraternity on Monday financially incentivized those who won
medals at the recently concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games in
The athletes and
their coaches were given their financial gifts at a parade held
in Pretoria on Monday. A gold medalist took 4,167 U.S. dollars
while his/her coach got 1,041 dollars.
South Africa got 13
gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals in Gold Coast, Australia,
one place higher than that at the last games in Glasgow,
Scotland four years ago.