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PSL Players To Boycott Games Due To 'Football Delinquents'?

SAFPU Say Players May Have To Boycott Games

By Soccer Laduma - Apr 25, 2018 03:21 PM
The South African Football Players’ Union says that, unless action is taken regarding the ‘sickening behaviour’ of some supporters, players may be forced to boycott their own games. 
 
 
SAFPU sent out a press release condemning the violence that took place at Moses Mabhida Stadium over the weekend, with several people being injured after Kaizer Chiefs were beaten 2-0 by Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup.
 
The scenes in Durban were not the only time that things have gotten out of hand of late, and SAFPU are eager to see all of the involved parties step up to make sure that it doesn’t happen again, saying that ‘players will have no choice but to boycott games because of fear for their lives’ if things don’t improve.
 
The union’s full statement read as follows:
 
“The South African Football Players Union expresses its consternation and disappointment by the barbaric behaviour exhibited by the Kaizer Chiefs fan on Saturday the 21st of April 2018 in Moses Mabhida. This is the kind of behaviour that we do not align ourselves with that must be dealt with and given the attention it deserves. It is important to demonstrate the day in question and accountability must be at play.
 
“We as the South African Footballers Players Union take issues pertaining the safety of the players at stadiums very serious. It is the prerogative of the League and the Stadium as well as the government to make sure that there is compliance with the JOG requirements to make sure that everything goes accordingly on the day. 
 
“This was a category A game and it is our understanding that in games of this magnitude there should have been an involvement of the Intelligence based on the fact that recently we witnessed stadium violence perpetuated by the Kaizer Chiefs Supporters after their 3-0 loss against Chippa United at the FNB stadium on the 7th of April 2018, as a result, the club was handed a fine of R250 000.00 of which R200 000.00 was suspended. 
 
“The stadium management cannot afford to cut corners on issues of security and our view is that the stadium management and the clubs must be responsible for ensuring that they provide highly competent securities instead of reducing it to volunteers instead of highly qualified trained personnel.
 
“On the day we saw Kaizer Chiefs supporters acting as football delinquents and this kind of behaviour is primitive and it cannot be allowed to creep into our beautiful game but it must be eradicated with the utmost urgency and the robustness it so deserves before it spreads like bad cancer.
 
“The hooliganism displayed posed a great threat to the lives of the players and by extension the officials, journalists and the securities themselves who we are the people that expected to serve and protect. We can only hope that no player was harmed on the day but we cannot ignore how some securities were brutalized by the angry fans while they were in the line of duty trying to carry out their functions.
 
“It’s about time that serious sanctions are imposed on clubs who are found guilty of this criminal practice and not reduce the punishment to a mere fine which gets discounted at the end of the day.
 
“We hope and appeal to SAFA who is the Federation of football in the country to conduct an intense fully fledged investigation and act accordingly in making sure that there’s compliance on security matters as set out in the international standards.
 
“We also encourage the law enforcement to act decisively to the perpetrators when found and set an example so that we eliminate this sickening behaviour out of the game once and for all. If we continue to ignore this fundamental aspect of the security in the stadiums, players will have no choice but to boycott games because of fear for their lives.” 
 

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bongsMo Joined: 27 Dec 2011
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bongsMo Apr 26, 2018 12:13 PM
All those who were involved must face the arm of the law and we will support the players cause it is not only them who are affected even the supporters and media
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@azzaniawest Joined: 07 Nov 2017
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@azzaniawest Apr 25, 2018 08:26 PM
WHERE DO PLAYERS SIGN CONTRACT! WITH THE UNION OR CLUBS?
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alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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alizebucs1986 Apr 25, 2018 06:34 PM
@sprinkie these players nowadays are lazy bro,we used to watch good football back in the 90's nd stadiums were always Full even when a team lost they lost fighting,not what we are currently witnessing were a Loosing Team parks the Bus,they don't help us pay for our Tickets to go to stadiums
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SeaGate4 Joined: 25 Sep 2013
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SeaGate4 Apr 25, 2018 06:18 PM
How about boycotting Bobby......he caused all this mess
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sprinkie Joined: 04 Mar 2018
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sprinkie Apr 25, 2018 06:01 PM
@alizebucs1986 but we must really stop this thing of violence at the stadium, I always go to stadium with my children , now I cant go any more because of this violence
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cowpule Joined: 23 Aug 2014
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cowpule Apr 25, 2018 05:46 PM
SAPFU must tell their members to perform first before they come here to make some noise we're sick of watching kak every week a team can lose once or twice but as long we watch good football...but so far most players are disrespecting supporters
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alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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alizebucs1986 Apr 25, 2018 05:43 PM
They can v**tsk,we use a lot of Money to attend Games nd all they do is give us sh**t perfomance,we might as well boycott games nd let's see if they can play in empty stadia every week
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Peace Ntshangase Apr 25, 2018 03:53 PM
But in all this i blame Chippa, other team in Soweto beat them 4-1 then they see themselves won the league and the other team in Soweto as well got beaten by Chippa by 3-1 then the supporters started throwing bottles to the coach and saying the coach must go
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juju banned lwandle hater Joined: 25 Nov 2016
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juju banned lwandle hater Apr 25, 2018 03:49 PM
kwaaaaaaaaaa dead for years RELEASE N PAY UNION for magoshas wena @wash n wear you don't deserve internet
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Matwalicosi Joined: 11 Sep 2015
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Matwalicosi Apr 25, 2018 03:45 PM
SAFPU just chill and sip a cup of tea.
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wash & wear Joined: 27 Oct 2017
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wash & wear Apr 25, 2018 03:32 PM
useless union of all unions in mzansi even magosha's union (release n pay) union is better than safpu what what
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wash & wear Joined: 27 Oct 2017
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wash & wear Apr 25, 2018 03:29 PM
if they play nyongwa again next season they'll(players) run to the tunnel everygame
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Dangerous when provoked Joined: 27 Oct 2016
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Dangerous when provoked Apr 25, 2018 03:29 PM
Come on man!!!! This is now blown out of proportion. Jesus we need thinkers here.
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wash & wear Apr 25, 2018 03:28 PM
meaningless long useless eassay

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