PSL moots banning vuvuzela fan from Premier League matches

2013-04-09 00:00

THE irate Kaizer Chiefs fans who attacked a referee in apparent frustration during Saturday’s league game between the Amakhosi and Golden Arrows at Moses Mabhida has been charged with assault and is out on bail.

After Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane had been controversially given his marching orders by the referee Lwandile Mfiki on Saturday, the supporter scaled the advertising hoardings, evaded security, and hunted down the ref with his green weapon, a vuvuzela.

The fan, Velaphi Mkhwanazi then wacked Mfiki and was accosted by security before landing a second blow.

While Mkhwanazi was being led away by security, his friend Zenzele Zikhali hurdled into the pitch and attempted to free him. He too was arrested.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said both Mkwanazi and Zikhali appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

They were released on R500 bail and the case was remanded to April 30, said NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkissoon.

She added that Zikhali was initially charged with interfering with security, and this could be changed to defeating the ends of justice following investigations.

The PSL yesterday said the incident was very serious and worrying.

When asked by The Witness if they planned to ban Mkhwanazi from all PSL games, spokesperson Lux Mantambo said: “We will sit down and consider a number of options before making a decision.”

On Wednesday, Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa was pelted with vuvuzelas after his team managed a goalless draw against AmaZulu, missing out on a chance to close the gap with Chiefs at the top of table.

As a result of the fan behaviour, KZN MEC for sports Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha condemned the incidents, and called for tighter security at soccer matches.

“We deplore hooliganism in the strongest possible terms and we will ensure that unruly elements in our stadium face the full might of the law,” she said.

“We want to assure the sporting fraternity that these are isolated incidents and the province still remains the preferred venue for major international sporting events,” she added.

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