JOHANNESBURG – CRISIS-torn Orlando Pirates Football Club risks hefty sanctions from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) after hooliganism marred their drubbing at the hands of champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria on Saturday.
What had been expected to be a thriller relapsed into a one-sided affair that Sundowns won 6-0 at the Loftus Stadium, much to the anger of Pirates
fans who invaded the pitch.
The match had to be stopped on the 82nd minute to clear the ground. It resumed an hour later but it was a mere formality.
It was reported several fans were hospitalised following the fracas.
Earlier, enraged fans destroyed some facilities impacting on the live beaming of the encounter.
PSL, in a statement released by spokesperson, Lux September, condemned the hooliganism.
The football league apologised to all the supporters and stakeholders in the continent’s most lucrative league..
“Such behaviour at our stadiums is bad advert for our football,” the PSL bemoaned.
PSL stated it was awaiting reports from various stakeholders on what transpired but it is highly likely Pirates will feel the wrath of the league.
Such behavior is seen as impeding on plans by the league to attract fans into the stadiums.
Sundowns worsened Pirates woes with the drubbing, the second time the Soweto side has conceded six goals this season. In November, title-chasers
Supersport united massacred them 6-1. Turkish coach Muhsin Ertugral infamously quit live on television after the match.
Pirates chairman, Irvin Khoza, who coincidentally chairs the PSL, called Augusto Palacios, the Peruvian trainer from the development structures on
an intermi capacity.
Meanwhile, the disturbing scenes at Loftus overshadowed what was another weekend of enthralling football that saw Sundowns move to fifth on the log with several games in hand.
Cape Town City beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0 in the Mother City derby on Saturday to maintain a fairytale debut season and move top of the table on
Kaizer Chiefs stalwarts Willard Katsande and Siphiwe Tshabalala were again on target as the Amakhosi beat Maritzburg United 2-0 at Harry Gwala to
shoot to second on 30.
Golden Arrows beat struggling Bloemfontein Celtic at the Princess Magogo to secure sixth spot.
Polokwane City snatched a dramatic equalizer in a one-all draw with Highlands Park in Tembisa.
League action resumes Tuesday with Sundowns travelling to Chippa United.
On Wednesday Pirates welcome Wits to Orlando Stadium while Free State Stars host Supersport at James Motlatsi.
Bottom-of-the-log Baroka FC welcome Platinum Stars to the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.
All matches kick off at 19h30.
– CAJ News