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PSL Come Down Hard On Chiefs Over Crowd Trouble

Premier Soccer League prosecutor Zola Majavu has announced that Kaizer Chiefs will play their upcoming home match against Cape Town Spurs without fans.

Amakhosi had previously been slapped with a R200,000 fine with R50,000 suspended over six months on condition of not being found guilty of the same offence.

The behaviour at the Calabash after their 1-0 defeat to AmaZulu in the Carling Knockout Cup was a third offence after the earlier events that transpired at Mbombela Stadium and Peter Mokaba as supporters aimed projectiles at former head coach Molefi Ntseki.

The club also publicly apologised and sent a letter to the PSL over the disturbing scenes, but after Majavu had previously indicated that another set of crowd trouble would be punished with a stadium lockout, Chiefs will now play their next home match without fans.

Majavu confirmed that Chiefs must play their home game against Cape Town Spurs on 8 November without any fans inside the stadium, while another offence of the same nature would result in playing the following match at a neutral venue.

Chiefs have also been fined R300,000, but the amount is suspended for six months on condition that no other incident happens during that period.

“I can confirm that earlier this morning Kaizer Chiefs Football Club appeared before the PSL TC to answer to further charges of misconduct relating to spectator misbehavior as a result of the tilting of missiles and various projectiles directed at their technical team in an attempt to voice their displeasure about the results,” said Majavu.

“They were served with a charge sheet, and they appeared before the DC where in they pleaded guilty and they were subsequently found guilty as charged.

“With regards to sanctions, it must be borne in mind that a few weeks ago, they were found guilty by the PSL DC on similar charges and an amount of 50,000 Rand was suspended and there was a further automatic lockout in respect of the next home game, which was also suspended for a period of six months.

“Unfortunately, before the expiry of the period of suspension, they reoffended again in a fixture of the 21st of October 2023 [vs AmaZulu].

“In the result, and having listened to all submissions from the prosecutor as well as their representatives, the PSL DC issued to the following fresh order: One: the R50,000 that was suspended is now effective immediately. Two: the lockout that was suspended is now brought into operation and it will be with reference to the next match penciled in for the 8th of November 2023.

“With regard to the current transgression, they were fined a monetary fine of 300,000 Rands, which is wholly suspended for another period of six months on condition that should in the period of suspension, they are not found guilty of the same offense again.

“They were also ordered to play their next home game at a neutral venue should they reoffend and be found guilty during the period of suspension. They were subsequently directed to carry the cost of today’s seating.

“So in summary, the match scheduled to be played on the 8th of November 2023 will be played as a lockout, meaning that there will be no fans or spectators at all at that venue. They were ordered to pay R50,000 which was previously suspended and for the current transgression R300,000, wholly suspended for six months.

“Plus, there is a furtherr fixture to be played at a neutral value in the event they were to reoffend again during the period of suspension, plus the cost of today’s hearing.”

David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.
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