Soccer fans go ballistic

2012-08-26 07:33

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates fans showed their dismay at the team's home loss on Saturday night by hurling objects, including vuvuzelas, onto the pitch and at stadium security.

The Buccaneers, defending champions of the MTN8 cup, were eliminated from the competition after a 3-0 defeat to SuperSport United in the second-leg semi-final at Orlando Stadium.

The match descended into chaos when key striker Benni McCarthy was sent off just before the half-time break after he was shown a second yellow card by the match referee.

"Human beings sometimes react [to] a wrong decision," Pirates coach Augusto Palacios said after the match.

"It happens in football. I can't stop it. It's wrong, but I can't stop it."

During the game three fireworks were lit, and one was thrown at United goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez.


The match had to be halted in the 66th minute as the referee called players into the centre circle, waiting for the crowd to calm down as fireworks were lit.

The delay was short and play resumed in a matter of minutes.

Police were called to the stadium after full-time, and a heavy-duty police vehicle drove onto the field as a precautionary measure.

Two fans were seen arrested by stadium security in the players' tunnel after the game, shortly before the post-match media conference.

Carol Tshabalala, a presenter for broadcaster SuperSport, tweeted: “Pitch invaded by fans. We had to run off.”

  • JackTrend - 2012-08-26 07:38


      Joe - 2012-08-26 07:44


      robert.bromley.522 - 2012-08-26 08:39

      Look, the hooligans didnt just by chance have fireworks on them and I dont think they sell them at the stadium!!!!!!!!!. So their act of stupidity was premeditated.

      tooka.loosh.5 - 2012-08-26 09:16

      ^^ @strauss ^^ So they get upset when their team is not allowed to cheat?

      Jason - 2012-08-26 09:22

      This is Soccer for you, It happens all round the world. Soccer is a scum sport filled with hooligan fans and players who cheat by diving to get penalties. No place for this sport in my home.

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-08-26 10:30

      Agreed Jason! It's disgusting! No sportsmanship. This stuff happens and we do get angry but you can't or shouldn't carry on like hooligans and animals!! I've played in tougher netball matches than these soccer babies. Pathetic

      theO rAcLe - 2012-08-26 10:55


      grant.cloete.9 - 2012-08-26 15:57

      To all those blaming this on "black culture": need I remind you of the English hooligans of the 70s and 80s?

      sazi.radebe - 2012-08-26 18:20

      Its so amazing how everything is blamed on one thing RACE. Human beings are the most arrogant and downright scum of the earth compared to all other species on earth. Imagine if all of us were one race, lets say white. We would still find a reason to blame race according to the color of eyes or color of hair. Just to show how stupid all of you insignificant beings are...Yeah I've said it.

  • nacerodien - 2012-08-26 07:43

    Pathetic! This is why we rather watch and support the english premier league

      tom.halle - 2012-08-26 07:48

      Yea except the english are the masters of football hooliganism and that there's an army of police there. It took the heyesel and hillsbrough disasters before the concept of crowd safety emerged. Only good thing might be the banning of vuvuzelas

      indianajohn - 2012-08-26 07:59

      "the english are the masters of football hooliganism" Heysel was 27 years ago and largely the fault of Juventus fans. Hillsborough was 24 years ago and the result of poor facilities, planning and policing. There's been very little trouble in England anyway since then, and things are far worse in Italy for example. There are things you never hear about that happen all over the world. To suggest that the english are the "masters of football hooliganism" is really quite ignorant, especially bearing in mind that even throwing a coin into the pitch in England gets you into huge trouble. I've never seen anyone throwing fireworks into the pitch in England, in 20 years of watching thousands of matches. So maybe you meant that South Africans are the masters of football hooliganism.

      strauss.steven - 2012-08-26 09:06

      english premier league suck's big time. SA soccer far more exciting and real. english and european soccer is same league as WWF and the likes.. bunch of acting

      nacerodien - 2012-08-26 10:33

      Oh please I don't want to take my family to watch pirates and then land up in hospital.. Have you ever been to a EPL match?? Its safe and security is everywhere.. Pleasant

      moeketsi.matli - 2012-08-26 12:51


      tom.halle - 2012-08-26 14:43

      Firstly violence is still prevalent in english football, the media is banned from reporting it. Certainly at lower leagues and even the premier league, I've had personal experience with westham and man city fans recently! Not to mention nearly being expelled from the euros on several occasions. Secondly with regards hillsborough and heysel (aside from liverpool fans trying to abdicate all responsibility on the police) I think you will find that they were responsible for the safety regulations that are now in place therefore if similar regulations existed here this wouldn't have happened.

      andrew.newman.98837 - 2012-08-26 17:05

      " ... the media is banned from reporting it" That's a laugh. Knowing the British media there would be huge uproar if the government tried banned them from reporting anything. Democracy, Freedom of Speach etc. is something they take very seriously.

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-26 07:47

    what do you expect, backward mentality, on the odd occasion when we lose a cricket game guess what we move on to the next one, clearly booze had more than a lot to do with there barbaric behaviour, lock the lot up

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-08-26 14:55

      Imam do you honestly think it's necessary for them to carry on like that? Burn, break destroy, assault?? Wtf?? Where is the sportsmanship??

      iceman196 - 2012-08-27 10:57

      @SEAN , PAY, all they pay for is to get pissed out of there brackets

  • Dylan Dillboy Allison - 2012-08-26 07:48

    Lovely to support your sport and be passionate about it as well... But fireworks are illegal, acting like you just fell out a tree and have been handed a banana is unfathomable... Yes boo, yell, sing and be upset that your team were outplayed... Surprised the stadium wasn't wrecked in the process!

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-08-26 10:32

      Or burnt down..

  • kelvin.strachan - 2012-08-26 07:59

    Because this is what we do in Africa, when we don't get what we want. We throw our toys out the cot. Wait a second? Didn't the Sharks lose in Pretoria last night? I wonder if they threw bottles and fireworks onto the pitch? If they did, I haven't heard any reports. They most likely had a braai in the car-park with the Blue Bulls fans afterwards.

  • saffaseun.inoz - 2012-08-26 07:59

    I can see it in the news papers already: "I want an independent investigation into this. People are unhappy and we need answers, because I don't trust President Zuma and his soccer team, this is politically motivated by the white man and his cronies!" Malema mouths off at post game interviews. "We thought that under democracy our soccer team would be protected, but the democratic government has turned against its own people”! Viva barbarism, viva Jubjub!

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-26 08:01

    Has 'just add fat' malema arrived there yet with a cage full of rabbits that can be blamed, and his shivambu megaphone tucked into his trousers? Surely a tad more attention can be gained by them anywhere and this time they can ay into the BLACK OWNERS of the teams as they continue to ridicule SA

  • gvangreunen - 2012-08-26 08:03

    I guess the Orlando Pirates used the same medicine man as the marikana morons ... damn him and his invincibility potions!

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-08-26 08:04

    This is not the first time fans go ballistic if I'm not mistaken it happened a few years ago at Newlands where they broke the chairs and threw them onto the field!!!

  • marschoeman - 2012-08-26 08:05

    Just shows the true nature of soccer supporters in SA... Well, actually everywhere in the world. Bunch of hooligans and the sport should be banned. The Boks lost last last night (well, almost) but I didn't start throwing things just because I thought that Steve Walsh was rubbish.

  • zebedee.kok - 2012-08-26 08:06

    let me guess it happened because they killed the rabbit????

      ravele1 - 2012-08-26 08:24

      Hahaha,i guess so,they didnt listen to the Sangoma.

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-08-26 08:13

    This country is going to the crapper....

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-26 11:41

      May be u should jump ship before it sinks, everyone will be better off.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-08-27 13:48

      @imam - be careful what you wish for! Without the intellectuals (black and white), the idiots (like you) will be left in a crap hole with your begging bowls out!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-26 08:14


  • alf.pop - 2012-08-26 08:19

    How did they get fireworks into the stadium in the first place?

  • punungwe - 2012-08-26 08:20

    And if anyone had died as a result of this fan initiated violence the police would have been blamed.

      Teboho Letsoalo - 2012-08-26 09:03

      is hard 2 b a police in dis country people initiate violence n police gt 2 b blamed

  • stella.sebalo - 2012-08-26 08:25

    I fail to understand why human beings do such digusting things?? I am a Pirates fan but SHAME ON THEM!!! SIES!!

  • Given Makhuvele - 2012-08-26 08:25

    lol let us accept that it was not our day to win,soccer is like lotto u can't win everytime

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-26 08:25

    This is the way of things in South Africa. You dont get your way, destroy.

      saffaseun.inoz - 2012-08-26 11:01

      Can stanton and zimbobwe please stop licking each others asses here. You both sound pathetic. I guess you are both trying to see which of you is the biggest "drol"!

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-26 12:20

      A Soputh African?? Drol?? Where do you come from?

      stanton.clarke - 2012-08-26 13:54

      Look, you haters are commenting on things you know very little about. If you honestly know football, then you would know about similar problems in other "developed" countries. They even take steps to ban instigators from travelling to major footbal events. You guys just shot yourself in the foot by trying to portray South African football supporters as the only hooligans on thsi planet!

  • Andre van Wyk - 2012-08-26 08:33

    what can you expect from Hooligans!

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-08-26 08:41

    Just like Pirates players, like Bennie, etc, the fans are uneducated, doff hooligans who do not know what "football" is !!!!!

  • malesela.teffo - 2012-08-26 08:41

    For a moment i thot de mentality of de eighties n early mineties in de pirates fans had gone wth dem. Sundowns ws chawed malobanyana mo, we maintained ourselves, chiefs ws walloped, dey maintained deir sportsmanship... Y would \happy ppl\ behv in such a manner. They shuld learn gore der r 3 posbl results in any 90 minutes match. SHAME ON U BHAKAJUJUS

  • malesela.teffo - 2012-08-26 08:42

    For a moment i thot de mentality of de eighties n early mineties in de pirates fans had gone wth dem. Sundowns ws chawed malobanyana mo, we maintained ourselves, chiefs ws walloped, dey maintained deir sportsmanship... Y would \happy ppl\ behv in such a manner. They shuld learn gore der r 3 posbl results in any 90 minutes match. SHAME ON U BHAKAJUJUS

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-26 08:46

    ban all spectators from future games. it' s been done before and it must be awful for the players to attend games in an empty stadium - but it's beed done before. offenders must be marked against attending games. "Human beings sometimes react [to] a wrong decision," Pirates coach Augusto Palacios said after the match. "It happens in football. I can't stop it. It's wrong, but I can't stop it." PUT OUT A STRONGER MESSAGE THEN.

  • michael.moolman.7 - 2012-08-26 08:50

    And we're surprised by the recent tragedy in he North West: Spectators reacting in such an excessive manner at a sporting event. Where is the self control?

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-08-26 08:54

    I am failing to see the relevance between this incident and the marikana tragedy or the government or the opposition in this matter-This are bunch of hooligans who misbehaved and it has nothing to do with any political party affiliation, we have seen worse scene in the recent Euro Finals and i didnt hear anyone pointing or making it a racisim issue-let us learn to be matured and relevant in our debates-This has nothing to do with politics nor race

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-08-26 08:55

    Football hooliganism is a European trend. Fans of colour were even advised not to attend Euro '12 due to the racist and violent nature of Polish & Ukranian fans. English fans have to have their own security if they go anywhwre due to their unruly nature. So these narrow minded Afro-persimists who take any unfortunate situation to spew their racists rants better shove it.

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-26 09:02

    NO don't tell me.....there was a White Rabit

  • strauss.steven - 2012-08-26 09:02

    Buccaneers was robbed of the match when the biased ref send Benni of. It was a bad decision by the ref. No wonder the fans got upset. Pirates fans are so used to winning that when they do loose (because of cheating ref) it is unacceptable to them

      dbnsfynest - 2012-08-26 16:39

      they are just barbaric finish and klaar! Pirates fans stormed the Moses Mabhida stadium when they won the league in May also so you can't blame it on them losing. So it's the fans that are hooligans. And I know that it's not all pirates fans but the majority are undisciplined.

  • brandon.faber.908 - 2012-08-26 09:07

    Just cannot behave.

  • Jacques - 2012-08-26 09:16

    Which is why you won't ever see me at a local soccer match. Bad quality football and if you're lucky, this happens...

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-08-26 09:53

      You won't be missed and we don't care idiot!!!

      nacerodien - 2012-08-26 10:45

      Right on the money my brother, I'll never waste my R20 to witness such rubbish behaviour, our young children have to watch this and think that it is normal behaviour!

      saffaseun.inoz - 2012-08-26 10:56

      You have a very hateful mouth on you zimbobwe. Are you RACIST? You sound like a racist idiot! RACIST!! Yip thats such a cool term. You can use it for everything.

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-08-26 09:25

    Aag siestog Peter! Soccer fans must learn that their teams cannot always win! I am a Pirate fan, but this is disappointing news to read! Sies Pirate fans!

  • edwin.phadu - 2012-08-26 09:28

    The referee was poor for such high magnitude game, R 8 Million Rands at stake,he was not emotionally inteliegent, the emotions were high and he was suppose to calm it down for the spirit of the game it seems like he wanted to be the hero, although I dont condone the behaviour of fans to show their frustration by throwing anything they can get onto the pitch and now pirates will face PSL disciplinary commitee. I will always remain a loyal supporter although pirates coach was outplayed his team selection was poor all round, how do you leave the experience players on the stands and bench while we are playing such a huge game,we cant experiment in the cup competitions thats once off game, you loose you are out, I am afraid he is already drafting his way out. Up the bucs all the time

      Thebe Hlahatsi - 2012-08-26 10:31

      thanks Edwin for mentioning the ref, it felt like the Marikana incident bcoz no one wants to talk about who caused the tension? besides the ref our coach must go back to development, he says he is rotating players why & how is that going to help when everyone wants to be on form?

  • tsomakae.dire - 2012-08-26 09:32

    The least you can do is to get the name of the stadium right, how many soccer stadiums does Johannesburg have? moemish!!!

      bridget.munhundarima - 2012-08-26 10:11

      shapa Matsatsantsa aPitori.i bet they r takin the MTN 8 ths year

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-08-26 09:36

    Bad luzers

  • peter.vanachter - 2012-08-26 09:49

    Whats new, anything to cause some damage and to ensure a spot in the limelight, pathetic..

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-26 10:03

    Oh no! Pie Rats cannot do that. These are the League Champions and were defending MTN 8 CUP. What might have gone wrong? Ooooooh! SSU had done the a favor as it seemed that they were automatically out if they weren't going to score a goal in their home ground.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-26 10:03

    Oh no! Pie Rats cannot do that. These are the League Champions and were defending MTN 8 CUP. What might have gone wrong? Ooooooh! SSU had done them a favor as it seemed that they were automatically out if they weren't going to score a goal in their home ground.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-26 10:03

    Oh no! Pie Rats cannot do that. These are the League Champions and were defending MTN 8 CUP. What might have gone wrong? Ooooooh! SSU had done them a favor as it seemed that they were automatically out if they weren't going to score a goal in their home ground.

  • michele.bosman.5 - 2012-08-26 10:32

    Typical pirates supporter behaviour. That the club is allowed to get away with this is ludicrous. A very heft heft fine must be imposed against the club and a spectator ban from their matches for at least 3 matches.

      Msika - 2012-08-27 09:09

      Who said thay they will be/ are allowed to get away with this? The matter is obviously under investigation and they will definetely appear before the PSL desciplinary commitee, etc.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-08-26 10:40

    Why are most of the white readers so STUPID! How many of you actually follow football? Hooliganism is a global thing. Yes, whiteys in Europe and South America also fight amongst each other and destroy facilities when their teams loose. Go and do your research before you comment on hooliganism in South African football.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-26 10:48

      My research shows that hooliganism not only happens on South African soccer fields it also happens where striking workers are and most places where groups of mainly black youth gather. The fact that it happens all over the world does make it civilised.

      aphiwe.mayola - 2012-08-26 12:41

      Its these ignorant farm whites from Ventersdorp n such places that only know of Rugby. #notinterested#

      stanton.clarke - 2012-08-26 14:03

      Stewart, this is about football, not striking workers. Your'e commenting on the wrong thread. Here are some links to the mining story. Feel free to post your comments there:

      tom.halle - 2012-08-26 14:48

      Are you serious stewart! Most football hooligans are linked to right wing in some degree or another and are amongst working class white european males race in this instance is nothing to do with it.

      Russell - 2012-08-26 15:24

      @Stewart Croucamp . Are you stupid? You are an ignorant racist. There is also rugby hooliginsm. What about that lunatic coach who attacked the ref at a schoool match. OR that fan who tacked the ref in 2002 at a boks match. Or what about the countless racist incidents that we hear about at Currie Cup matches by drunk afrikaans people. So stop hating on black people and get a life.

      boipelo.mmekwa - 2012-08-26 18:32

      Stewart definitely on the wrong thread lol,I think his done reading those can you please forward him others

  • nick.raphala - 2012-08-26 11:05

    pirates ferns don't wanna lose match we all know that ,but i think those who committed suicide must be charged for their damage ,discipline is a key if u fail ,u have to be accountable

  • sibusiso.thwala1 - 2012-08-26 11:10

    Well done to all that made a racial comment on a footballing matter (and mentioning Malema). You keep mentioning his name in matters that are not relevant, just shows what impact he has on your daily lives. \r\nNow for the matter at hand:Soccer supporters in SA are as passionate about their teams as supporters in any other country. Go to Spain, England, turkey... You'll see worse reactions. I'm not condoning what happened in anyway. This has nothing to do with race or Malema for that matter. So if you don't like him ignore and don't mention his name. Soon everyone will forget about him. White people love his name, so they'll never stop talking about him... Well done JUJU.

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-08-26 11:26

      Agreed Sibusiso. Except for the well done juju statement.

      sibusiso.thwala1 - 2012-08-26 11:58


  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-26 11:48

    Those who are matured enough not to see race in every story, will realise that soccer has more hooligans than most sports irrespective of how people look like. Just a few days ago, two Russian team fans were fighting and it is common. So do not pull a race card even when there is no need for it. It does seem that discussions here just go racial without thought. Is that an indication of how South Africans hate each other? What a shame, no wonder ladies prefer their dogs to other men like steve hoffmeyer. Just grow up and enjoy life without prejudice.

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-08-26 12:21

    south african soccer sucks period..

  • lindelwa.motlante - 2012-08-26 13:11

    Racists will always pull their racism card whenever something bad happens in Africa even if it is about a specific team supporters as a number of people have pointed out that Chiefs and Sundowns supporters do not run wild when they lose. Soccer hooliganism is well recorded through out the world so is soccer racism. What is interesting is that, the White racists keep quiet when African players get racially abused internationally; yet, they are quick to jump up and see barbaric behaviour in soccer as an African concept. Rugby players punch each other black and blue and even bite each others ears; deafening silence from White racists because it is mostly played by Whites. Cricket is fraught with match fixing that goes into billions of rands; White racists keep quiet because it is mainly played by Whites in South Africa. You are so transparent with your racism, it sickens your minds. Just condemn bad behaviour wiithout attaching a race to it and condemn it consistently no matter who is doing it. You are just as hypocritical as the politicians in South Africa.

      edwin.phadu - 2012-08-26 13:52

      I agree with you, everything is RSA is about race and I am tired of this.

      tom.halle - 2012-08-26 14:45

      In this case sadly I think you are right!

      sazi.radebe - 2012-08-26 18:15

      Correct...there is a new breed of people who are white and black that just BLAME everything on race.

      eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-26 22:50

      Thy always see faults on us,we dont interfere in rugby n cricket matters cos we have nothing to do with thm,we shall solve our own problems,shut up!

      Msika - 2012-08-27 09:16

      @t Eric..f.moloi, is that Jackie Selebi on your prof pic?

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-08-26 13:52

    Wonder who will get the blame for this behaviour - the referee,security,apartheid or perhaps a rabbit????

  • mark.shires.96 - 2012-08-26 14:21

    To think that 100's of thousand spectators watch golf tounaments and all they have to keep them off the course is a piece of string.

  • snagdee - 2012-08-26 15:32

    Must we support South African soccer if such behaviour is prevalant. No wonder we kicking stones.

  • masamune.azeem - 2012-08-26 16:16

    Why react this way its not like you getting paid. lol you busy shouting and screaming, the players don't care they getting paid either way,you don't get nothing.

      Msika - 2012-08-27 09:18

      It's called entertaiment and having fun. We all have a need for entertainment and having fun in some ways.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-08-26 19:01

    supersport came to kick everything in black & white that moved and their tactics worked because of the tactical bankrupt orlando pirates coach...the game was simple for pirates, when they were reduced to 10 men they should have just sat back and that was gonna bamboozoole the negative supersport