Zwane injured by police protecting him

Zwane injured by police protecting him
Arthur Zwane,coach of Kaizer Chiefs escort by police during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Supersport United and Kaizer Chiefs at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 13 May 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday May 16, 2023. 14:11

Kaizer Chiefs confirmed that Arthur Zwane sustained an injury after the 1-0 defeat to SuperSport United on Saturday but denied it had been caused by the fans.

A section of Amakhosi supporters turned on Zwane at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium after his side suffered a third defeat in four games to end their faint hopes of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup.

The Chiefs head coach was pelted by objects thrown from the stands and police had to intervene as they escorted him down the tunnel.

Glamour Boys assistant coach Dillon Sheppard appeared for the post-match interview in his absence and revealed that Zwane was injured.

However, the club’s Communications Manager, Vina Maphosa, has refuted claims that Zwane had been injured by angry fans, but rather as a result of being caught in the eye by a police shield.

“I can confirm that the coach was injured after the game. He was hurt in the eye and received medical attention,” Maphosa told Radio2000.

“He wasn’t hit by the objects thrown by the fans but by the shield of the police who were trying to protect him. The coach is recovering well and should be on the bench against [Cape Town] City in our last game.

“Even though he wasn’t hit by the objects, we have been able to identify three plain-clothed supporters who threw the objects.

“We want to condemn the act of violence at the stadium and we’d like to also pass a strong message to our supporters or whoever used the opportunity to exhibit elements of violence at the stadium as you have seen at our home matches.

“We encourage all the children, women to come to the stadium and create a safe space for them.”

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