- Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has pleaded with the club’s supporters to heed calls to avoid Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday
- Kaizer Chiefs will play against Polokwane City in a premier league game on Saturday, the match will take place behind closed doors
- This comes after the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee punished Kaizer Chiefs for the stadium riot which occurred at the same venue in April
Kaizer Chiefs chairman and legend Kaizer Motaung has pleaded with the club’s supporters to heed calls to avoid the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday. Kaizer Chiefs are set to face Polokwane City in a premier league game which must be played behind closed doors.
This is as a result of punishment handed to the club by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Disciplinary Committee (DC) for the infamous Moses Mabhida Stadium riot in April. Kaizer Chiefs were slapped with a three-match fan ban (with one of those matches being suspended for two years) by the PSL DC last month.
The club has appealed the ruling but the punishment has not been suspended until the hearing is held. This prompted Motaung to urge the club’s fans in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal to respect the DC’s ruling and learn their lesson that violence is never the answer.
Briefly.co.za learned that the match will be broadcast live on SuperSport which will allow fans to enjoy the game from home or in sports venues which broadcast the pay-channel.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Motaung reminded fans from both teams that no supporters would be allowed entry into the stadium. He urged football supporters to steer clear of the venue in order to ensure the match took place without any incidents which could further harm the club.
Motaung said he hoped the punishment would serve as a warning and a learning curve to every soccer lover in the country. Motaung noted that the events from April ran counter to ethos and spirit of Amakhosi which stood for love and peace.
The Kaizer Chiefs boss who also serves on the PSL’s executive committee said such violent behaviour had the potential to harm South Africa as a nation on an international scale when images and video of such events were broadcast overseas.
Meanwhile, SowetanLive.co.za reported that the City of Durban is set to make a financial loss due to the match being held behind closed doors. This is as a result of the deal struck between Kaizer Chiefs and the city which is an official ‘home’ venue for the club.
The arrangement means Kaizer Chiefs play a certain percentage of their scheduled home matches in Durban. The city receives a portion of the match day ticket sales from the club.
The takings from a match with a relatively low attendance of 15 000 is at least R750 000.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas said he expected the atmosphere inside the vast empty stadium to be like the atmosphere at a funeral.
The match is set to start at 18:00 on Saturday and will be broadcast on SuperSport 4.
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