The Premier Soccer League’s chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza has explained how stadium violence is planned out before the games take place.
Following the hooliganism which took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium at the weekend after Kaizer Chiefs’ 2-0 loss to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup, the chairman, Dr Khoza called a media press conference where he addressed the several ways to ensure that the incident doesn’t happen again.
In one his points, Khoza mentioned that ‘gangs’ as he calls them, plan their acts of violence on social media.
“Those gangs that are now becoming a common threat which go to big games to wait for a certain time and rush into barricading all the gates to go in without tickets and there are those gangs that are on the social media communicating what we are going to do. In fact, this game, there was lots of communication in the social media that you know, you in Johannesburg don’t know what you are doing, we going to fix when you come to Durban,” Khoza explained.
“So it was there in the social media… so you can be able to plan about that. Now, the issue of the security people, if there’s a deficiency, obviously this workshop is going to be dealing with all issues, aspects of security to assist the clubs, especially on lower risk games because even lower risk games are responsible of the club themselves.
“Police are not involved in those low-risk games. So it is very important because anything happening there, one supporter can cause problems, can stab a referee, can stab a player, can do whatever. It is very important what kind of personnel, and in fact the SARAI ACT is also very important that what kind of security we must employ, what category we must employ, what qualification and training we must employ. All those matters are part of the compliance manual of the PSL,” he added.