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Chiefs' Statement On ‘Rampant Thuggery’ Of Supporters

Games Cost Komphela

By Soccer Laduma - Apr 23, 2018 10:03 AM

Kaizer Chiefs have released a strong statement condemning the ‘rampant thuggery’ of supporters at Moses Mabhida Stadium following their Nedbank Cup defeat.

Click through the gallery above to see the carnage that took place

Fans stormed the field of play after Chiefs were knocked out of the competition by Free State Stars on Saturday night, with several people left injured and/or hospitalised following the disgraceful events in Durban. 

Read: Who Took Chiefs' Post-Komphela Training Session?

Chiefs had remained quiet on it aside from announcing the exit of their head coach, Steve Komphela, but they have now said that they will be working alongside the Premier Soccer League and authorities to try and catch those guilty of the hooliganism.

A statement on the club’s official website today read:

Kaizer Chiefs condemns the unruly scenes of violence that took place on Saturday evening in the strongest possible terms during the Nedbank Cup semifinal match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

We appeal to those people involved in the deplorable episode who claim to be our fans to stop this hooliganism immediately. Incidents like those that were witnessed have no place anywhere in our society, least of all football. Acts of this nature endanger the lives of innocent people and cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. We shall co-operate fully with law enforcement agencies and the PSL to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

Such behaviour goes against the very ethos of what Amakhosi stands for, which is Love & Peace. It besmirches the reputation of the club and the millions of well-mannered supporters who make up the Kaizer Chiefs Family; it brings the game of football itself into disrepute and on a wider scale, it reflects very badly on our people and our country when the footage is disseminated across the world.

We understand the passion our fans have for the team and appreciate their sense of disappointment when results don’t go as expected. We share it too. Everybody at the club is working to the best of their ability to bring success on the field and joy to the fans. Sometimes though, despite the best efforts of everyone, things don’t fall seamlessly into place. It is very difficult to always achieve the perfect combination. It is the nature of sport that nobody wins all the time and accepting defeat graciously with dignity is one of the principles that underpin the virtue of sportsmanship.

We pride ourselves on having knowledgeable fans and we respect their right to express their dissatisfaction with the team’s performance. However, venting frustration through rampant thuggery is totally unacceptable. The key tenet of loyalty is showing unity and standing together in solidarity when the going gets tough. The support of fans has a tremendously positive effect in boosting the confidence of the players, particularly during a slump. Some of the world’s greatest clubs have endured lean spells during which silverware has temporarily dried up but they have come back stronger than ever. We need everybody pulling in the same direction and we, therefore, implore all of our supporters to calm down and get behind the team for the next three matches of the season.

Once again, Kaizer Chiefs does not condone any acts of violence.

PSL Chairman, Irvin Khoza, will address the media at a press conference this afternoon at 12h30, with the disturbances in Durban set to be discussed. 


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Iminald Khosified Joined: 16 Dec 2015
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Iminald Khosified Apr 24, 2018 06:07 PM
Chiefs management must change their policy of not wanting to splash money when they want to signed players,that's the only problem but ever since Bobby took over things are messed up and as long he is still in charge nothing will change,it's time for him as well to give Junior and Jessica some chance to prove themselves as well
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STOANICIOUS Joined: 21 Jul 2016
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STOANICIOUS Apr 24, 2018 10:43 AM
Let them be charged, because we can't allow this kind of hooliganism in our Country and at our Stadiums.
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EagleEye Joined: 06 Nov 2014
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EagleEye Apr 24, 2018 08:15 AM
Identify the hooligans and check if they are registered supporters of the club and ban them for life. We do not need supporters like that!!
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gayiza4Chiefs Apr 23, 2018 02:27 PM
the failed to buy quality,so that pay fine with that money
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Michaeltshigama Apr 23, 2018 02:17 PM
They should be arrested all
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Michaeltshigama Apr 23, 2018 02:17 PM
Bloody thugs
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zizamele Apr 23, 2018 02:06 PM
I agree the team can not be winning all the time, but losing like this also is also not right for a team that is known for its winning mentality!!! Khompela has just turned this team into a bunch of losers in the three seasons he has been in charge!!!
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zizamele Apr 23, 2018 02:01 PM
As much as I do not condone hooliganism but has long been coming, if the management of the team were proactive this will not have happened.. Looking at Khompela's coaching record it should have been observed that he was not the right person to take the team forward, in his coaching career he has never won anything, he took over a well oiled team from Baxter to make a mockery of it. There are new locally based coaches that are doing 10 times better than Khompela... I blame the management of Chiefs for playing with emotions of us as fans and then cry foul when they see scenes like the ones we saw on Saturday, this was of the management own doing....
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Boris Becker Apr 23, 2018 01:57 PM
@Sbunusempuku the man in your profile photo and your username??? Hayi mfanaseMtata kikikiki
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Mashia1950 Joined: 29 Aug 2017
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Mashia1950 Apr 23, 2018 01:56 PM
@amdunyelwa718 I'm not promoting what happened at the stadium, but the situation could have been avoided if Management acted in time.
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dellah Apr 23, 2018 01:49 PM
Now zebbies are forced to buy an helicopter, recall 200 former players and send them to military training to convince the new coach that he will be safe in all games, home and away.
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Sbunusempuku Apr 23, 2018 01:44 PM
Chief management is like ANC who ddnt want to remove Jacob Zuma when whole of South Africa was crying. Steve should have resigned long time ago that to wait for this day of sorrow to come! BLOOD OF THOSE INNOCENT SOULS WILL BE ASKED IN THE STUBBORNNESS OF BOBBY And Kaizer Motoung softness and ignorance
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dellah Apr 23, 2018 01:39 PM
@demax13 u made my
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Demax13 Apr 23, 2018 01:27 PM
Yhoooo!! the hooligans must be given the opportunity to identify players that they feel will revive the KC brand. I bet with my last coin, they will assault each other because of disagreements in terms of the players that the team must sign.
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amdunyelwa718 Apr 23, 2018 01:22 PM
@Mashia1950. Yes because this was not an overnight thing. We have been complaining for 3 seasons and now they blame us
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amdunyelwa718 Apr 23, 2018 01:20 PM
Mxm you just need to apologize and don’t tell us what to do because we spend our money to support your team. You are there because of us
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scoreman99 Apr 23, 2018 01:07 PM
from mpanzee statement they didn't say anything about Steve ,,,they r only talking about failing to win cups,,,so it came to my concern that they still didn't understand hooligans were fighting for,,,!
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Daddy1 Apr 23, 2018 01:06 PM
Zebras are tired of loosing in Sport Stake and the monies they pay to watch games and transport
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Daddy1 Apr 23, 2018 01:03 PM
Sport stake and Beta Beta is the results of these.
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Daddy1 Apr 23, 2018 01:02 PM
Zebras have been loosing in beta beta and sport stake gambling

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