July 20, 2024

Amakhosi Fans’ Behaviour, Is it Time for the PSL DC To Impose Spectator Ban?

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The cup exit has added more pressure on Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki, who was again attacked.

FILE PHOTO: Angry Kaizer Chiefs fans attack Molefi Ntseki again after SuperSport United defeat. PICTURE: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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JOHANNESBURG: Majavu warned that if another incident occurs within six months the club could play without supporters.

Kaizer Chiefs have suffered yet another setback in their quest to end a nine-year cup drought when AmaZulu FC dumped them out of the Carling Knockout on Saturday evening at the FNB Stadium.

A late goal by Taariq Fielies gave Usuthu a 1-0 win, thereby booking the place for the club in the quarterfinals of the competition. The cup exit has added more pressure on Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki, who was again attacked by the frustrated Amakhosi faithful. After the disappointing loss at home, the fans took it upon themselves to express their feelings on the matter, pelting objects at the coach to demonstrate their displeasure.

As a result, Ntseki could not do his post-match interview on the pitch side. The unsavoury scenes at the FNB Stadium will land the club in hot water with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Disciplinary Committee (DC), which has had to deal with the Soweto Giants regularly of late. Chiefs have already appeared before the DC no less than two times. Most recently, it faced the wrath of the PSL DC on 2 October 2023 for similar incidents against SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns on 20 and 23 September respectively.

If the club is hauled before the DC for the behaviour of its fans in the last 16 against AmaZulu FC, then it will be for the fourth time this season. The first incident occurred in August 2023 when TS Galaxy beat Chiefs at the Mbombela Stadium. Clearly, the punishments (in the form of fines) that have been meted out against the club are not a sufficient measure to deter its supporters.

Will the DC impose a spectator ban to curb such incidents from becoming a regular occurrence? Having already found Chiefs guilty twice this season, PSL prosecutor Advocate Zola Majavu warned that if another incident occurs within six months the club could play without supporters. He put it thus: “Over and above that, and as a mark of the PSL DC’s displeasure, the errant behaviour of these few fans, they were further ordered with an automatic spectator ban at the next match.”

In the event, they were to be found guilty of the same offence during the next six months. This is what is traditionally referred to as a lockout, and it is contemplated in the rules of the league.

“Sadly, and unfortunately, the import of it is that it will affect other innocent spectators or fans of the club they are scheduled to play next. Unfortunately, for practical considerations, it would simply mean that a particular fixture will be played without fans on both sides of the team’s fixture against each other.

“That will only happen if they are found guilty again within the next six months, and having been so convicted by the PSL etc. This is indeed a serious warning shot issued by the league through its judicial body, and it is perfectly contemplated in the rules of the league.”

It is only a matter of time before the club and the PSL DC meet again for the incident that occurred at the FNB Stadium. It remains to be seen whether the DC would impose the spectator ban or not.

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