PSL WELCOMES SOCCER HOOLIGANS CONVICTION
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
The Premier Soccer League has welcomed the convictions of the two men accused of invading the pitch and assaulting the referee, a statement said on Tuesday.
This un-sporting behavior happened at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in an Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows earlier in April. Amakhosi fans lost control after referee Lwandile Mfiki, gave Reneilwe Lentsholonyane a red card and took decisions that were in favor of Abafana Bes’thende.
The Durban Magistrate Court found Velaphi Mkhwanazi guilty of invading the pitch and assaulting Mfiki. “Mkhwanazi was sentenced to a R2 500 fine or 60 days in – prison for common assault and R1 000 fine or 30 days for breaching the safety at sports and recreational events act,” the statement added.
The second accused, Zenzele Zikhali, was also found guilty of pitch invasion. He was sentenced to a R1 000 fine or 30 days and R2 000 or 60 days in -prison for contravening the same act.
PSL Acting CEO, Cambridge Mokanyane, said that the convictions should send a message to those who misbehave at stadiums. “The message from these convictions is clear; we do not play lip service when individuals disrupt a football game with acts of hooliganism. This is a positive step towards the right direction. As the PSL, we welcome the news,” Mokanyane said.
PSL General Manager of Safety and Security, Phillip Masimong, applauded the police for their work. “I would like to thank SAPS for their work in this matter,” he said.
“We are determined to root out all elements of hooliganism at our stadiums. We don’t just talk; we also act to ensure that people are safe at our stadiums.”