Comitis Disappointed After Fans Were Denied Stadium Entrance, Chiefs Clash Set To Be Moved
John Comitis Disappointed After Fans Were Denied Stadium Entrance, Kaizer Chiefs Clash Set To Be Moved
Cape Town City chairman, John Comitis was left disappointed after many fans were disallowed from purchasing tickets at the Cape Town Stadium at the weekend.
City hosted Bidvest Wits in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-finals at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday, August 27, however, fans were unable to purchase tickets at the Cape Town Stadium on the day, despite the fact that there was enough security at the stadium to handle an extra 800 spectators.
Chairman Comitis has since expressed his disappointment in a press release by saying,“I could not get myself to celebrate when the final whistle went. I was angry and disappointed with the attitude of the city and especially the police services under Colonel Engelbrecht, who would not concede to co-operate in any way to assist by allowing more tickets to be sold for the 800 odd fans stranded without tickets.”
“We have worked around the clock to bring big time football to the city with Cape Town City and 20 years later football is treated with the same stick as always. If this was a rugby 7’s game and the stadium was empty they would move Table Mountain to accommodate the fans.”
“I went into the VOC to try and persuade the police and ticketing security to allow for at least 800 more sales. The stadium was empty, the final figure was 3800 but we had budgeted for 5000. But, my plea fell on deaf ears. There was zero tolerance, zero co-operation, it seemed they were more excited to be dealing with the possible trouble makers that were stuck outside.”
“After a thorough investigation, we learnt that security personnel on duty at Cape Town Stadium were within legislation to handle the extra 800 spectators. WHAT A DISGRACE! I want to move our upcoming Absa Premiership match against Kaizer Chiefs, to Newlands. This treatment to the Cape Town City fans was unacceptable. I can only apologise to our loyal fans. I was gutted for them.”
“With this attitude by City Services, Cape Town Stadium will remain without Bafana games and soon without football. It was mostly families with their kids that were denied access. Hardly a risk factor that could not be managed. We will work tirelessly to ensure that Cape Town City fans are never disappointed in that manner again.” – John Comitis