Pirates fans chaos - Not the first time

By Drum Digital
13 February 2017

Here are a few past incidents when things got rough.

The 82nd-minute pitch invasion by Orlando Pirates fans after Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns scored the team’s sixth goal at Loftus Versfeld Stadium led to punch-ups‚ injuries and teargas being fired.

But this wasn’t the first time Pirates fans have engaged in violent behaviour. Here are a few past incidents when things got rough:

•The most memorable incident happened in 1994 - and bears striking resemblance to this past weekend’s fiasco - when Pirates fans burnt parts of the FNB Stadium because of the referee’s decision to award a penalty to Kaizer Chiefs. They began by throwing bottles onto the pitch to prevent the Pirates goalie from standing in the posts for the penalty kick.

•In April 2001, a group of people believed to be Pirates fans invaded the team’s training session and beat up coach Gordon Igesund. They apparently arrived in a bus at the team's training session in Johannesburg and immediately pounced on the coach. The Cape Argus quoted striker Phumlani Mkhize, who had attended the session and confirmed the incident. "We were busy training and all of sudden I saw a lot of people getting out of the bus and running towards the coach. They attacked him and beat him."

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