- A Durban security guard has opened a case of assault against Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso ‘Jingles’ Mosimane
- Nathi Ngwenya of Ngwelela Protection Services alleges that Mosimane struck him on the head in the scuffle which broke out after Sunday’s PSL match in Durban
- Mosimane has denied the allegations and said no punches were thrown in the scuffle
Current PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane could soon have more on his plate to worry about than his side’s stuttering defence of their league title. Mosimane has been charged with assault after police received an official complaint from a Durban security guard.
Nathi Ngwenya of Ngwelela Protection Services alleges that Mosimane struck him on the head in the scuffle which broke out after Sunday’s PSL match in Durban. KwaZulu-Natal police officials have confirmed that a case of assault was opened against Mosimane at Umlazi police station on Sunday evening.
Chaos erupted at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday when Mamelodi Sundowns fans managed to gain access to the pitch after the final whistle had blown. Mosimane was angered when security staff were seen dragging at least two people off the field.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mosimane tried to intervene in the matter but the incident actually escalated to a point where police had to be called in to restore calm.
It was during this exchange which Ngwenya claims he was struck on the head. Sport24.co.za reported that Mosimane denied the allegations and said no punches were thrown in the exchange. He added that the security staff were trying to make a scene.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Mosimane was highly critical of how security dealt with the incident and said the correct way would have been to usher the pitch invaders off the field and not to immediately grab and drag them.
Mosimane said his intention at the start of the incident was to ask the security staff to treat the fans with respect and to remove the person properly. Mosimane added that the fans in question did not even resist the security officers.
Mosimane accused the security guard of trying to get on TV by any means possible and used the incident to get the attention of the TV cameras.
Mosimane called on PSL officials to stop the current culture of security officials which made it acceptable to drag people off the field.
Police confirmed that they were investigating the incident and said that no arrests have been made.
Mamelodi Sundowns have not officially commented on the issue and await further details before making an official statement on the incident.
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