Max wants out of Celtic after chaos erupts

2016-03-02 06:00

BLOEMFONTEIN. Z Max Tshabalala, the chairman of Bloemfontein Celtic, unexpectedly announced on Sunday morning (28/01) that the club was for sale, a day after their 1-0 loss against Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium.

The match was marred by unsavoury scenes at the end, as supporters clashed and objects were thrown onto the field.

Celtic have been on a torrid run lately, as they have only managed one victory in ten games under the new coach, Serame Letsoka. That has resulted in them dropping to 12th position on the log and just 6 points from safety.

“I had a chat with some of the fans, who boldly told me they hate me and want me out of the team with immediate effect, hence I am calling on businessmen in and around Mangaung to come up with offers to buy the team and take Celtic forward.

“I love Celtic and if I’m the one standing in the way of its success, then the best thing is to sell it to those who will be able to satisfy the supporters,” Tshabalala said in a lengthy statement released by the club.

While he stated that he firmly believes the team will not be relegated, he also made it clear that he is willing to sell the ownership of the club with immediate effect.

“I want offers urgently and will be open and honest enough to show whoever is interested in acquiring the team what we have spent and the required amount to purchase the team,” he emphasised.

Tshabalala apologised to the Premier Soccer League and Orlando Pirates for the ugly scenes that took place on Saturday night, saying he “was pained to see innocent soccer loving fans being beaten to a pulp and that led me to the decision to sell the team”.

The Celtic boss admitted that the beha-viour from some of the supporters resulted from dissatisfaction towards him.

“I must concede my heart is painful at how some supporters behaved last night. Vandalising the stadium, fighting and hurting Pirates supporters in the process and clearly the situation has gotten out of hand.

“It also hurt to see a national heritage site being ripped apart because of frustrations against one man (Tshabalala). We need to respect and maintain our infrastructure. I personally respect human life and would like to see our people growing, rather than being hurt,” the dejected chairman said.

Tshabalala then launched a scathing attack on the perpetrators of the notorious actions.

“Our supporters are deliberately bringing the league into disrepute just to hurt me as an individual. This is not about the performance of the team, but myself.

“We must remember that the league has never in recent times experienced such intolerable deeds of barbarism and for that to happen through Celtic supporters, has left me emotionally paralysed.”

The Bloemfontein businessman also offered his apology on behalf of the club to the victims of the attacks.

“To families and friends of the supporters who were injured and threatened yesterday, I apologise from the depth of my heart for what you went through. Football stadiums are a family environment and the game is a sport that is enjoyed by young and old. I am sorry that people had to experience such acts of violence.”

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