MUST SEE | Fast and furious: Soccer players run for cover as BMW speeds onto field

2020-02-24 20:12

Football players ran for their lives on Sunday when someone in a BMW X5 drove onto the field of play and tried to run them over. 

The incident took place in Lethlabile, the North West, where two teams were playing in an ABC Motsepe League match. 

A video, which surfaced on social media, shows the car speeding across the field - with the driver trying to knock over the players.

Spectators can be heard laughing as the luxury vehicle makes a turn, this time heading for the reserves sitting on the sidelines. 

The secretary-general of the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU), Nhlanhla Tshabalala, told News24 the union was shocked after seeing what had happened. 

"Such behaviour must be eradicated immediately," he said. "This person could have killed 30 people by doing what he did. He was being disrespectful to the players and to their families."

Tshabalala confirmed the union had spoken to the president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), Danny Jordan, about the matter. 

"The South African Football Association said it will not take this matter lying down. A case has been opened and the suspect needs to be apprehended," he explained. 

The driver of the car is still unknown, but the union hoped the identity of the suspect would be revealed with further investigations. 

SAFPU will be meeting with SAFA to work on making the game safer for players.

"We can't wait until we lose a life before we do something, it's our job to keep the players safe," Tshabalala said. 

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