Orlando Pirates boss laments violence

Orlando Pirates boss laments violence

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Feb 13, 2017. 13:30

Orlando Pirates chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza has thanked the members of the South African Police Services for opening a case against unruly fans.

The Buccaneers lost 6-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday, a game which saw Pirates supporters storming onto the field causing the game to be halted.

Weekend reports indicated that 13 fans were hospitalised with injuries following the clashes at the venue.

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The Buccaneers boss, therefore, called a press conference on Monday at the club's training grounds at Rand Stadium.

“This is an unusual day for the Club and today we meet to address a matter that should not happen in our football,” said Khoza,

"Violence is not an answer. Violence diminishes any legitimate reasons in any protest situation.

"I pronounce here today, clearly and unequivocally, that we support the law in taking full action against the perpetrators

“A 6-1 loss for this Club is unacceptable; to follow that up with a 6-0 loss... I'll be meeting the Technical Team about this.

"I want to thank the police who opened this investigation. I hope SABC and SuperSport will assist with footage to get to the bottom of this.”

Pirates will now meet the high flying Bidvest Wits on Wednesday in the Absa Premiership.



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