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Eighteen people injured in football hooliganism in South Africa

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.



Kaizer Chiefs 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 disrepute.

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 behavior. 


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 Australia.

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.


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