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PSL considers fencing fans off from the action again

By Mazola Molefe | Apr 10, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

THE reintroduction of crowd-control netting at football stadiums was mooted at a Premier Soccer League management meeting on Monday following the weekend's vuvuzela attack debacle.

Fresh security concerns were raised on Saturday when a pitch invader attempted to strike referee Lwandile Mfiki with a vuvuzela draped with a Kaizer Chiefs flag during an Absa Premiership clash between Lamontville Golden Arrows and Amakhosi at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Chiefs and the PSL quickly condemned the act and two supporters have been charged and each was released on R500 bail.

The league conceded that its security department had taken a huge knock this season, with the issue of unruly behaviour by Mamelodi Sundowns fans earlier in the season resurfacing.

"We are looking at all remedies of crowd control and curbing pitch invasion during our matches. In our management meeting it was suggested that maybe we should revisit the possibility of (crowd control) fences," said the league's head of communications, Connie Motshumi.

This method was used at the old Orlando Stadium in the 1980s.

A debate on whether to ban vuvuzelas from stadiums was also on the agenda. However, a backlash is feared.

"If the vuvuzela is banned, what are the repercussions?" Motshumi asked. "A few objects are now suddenly being used as weapons at the stadium."

Last week, Orlando Pirates fans hurled the plastic object at coach Roger de Sa to show their displeasure after a 1-1 league draw with AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Following the fan violence aimed at forcing Sundowns to fire former coach Johan Neeskens, the PSL doubled up on security, Motshumi said.

"Our match stewards are no longer watching games but watching the crowd. We are also aware that one person can't handle a hundred supporters."

The Sundowns hooliganism in September led the PSL to threaten that it would crack down on and could ban supporters who disrupted matches when they were unhappy with their teams' performances.

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Please ban the Vuvuzelas. Take a vote, and you'll see more people really don't want them in the stadiums.

Apr 10, 2013 7:27 | 0 replies

How do we create a football instrument then ban it ourselves. We will be the laughing stock of the world football generation. During the world cup ESPN gave fans the option of watching games without the vuvusela sound now you want to please them. Leave the vuvusela and deal with security companies. Since we want to be rated amongst the best in the world start training football security NOW.

Apr 10, 2013 11:44 | 0 replies

They must target Zebra fans. They're the violent ones.

Apr 10, 2013 12:53 | 0 replies

IF YOU FEEL VUVUZELA MAKES LOT OF NOISE, JUST STAY @ HOME AND WATCH SOCCER ON TV. PEOPLE WERE SO @+$* PRETENDING DURING WORLD CUP, THIS IS NOT EUROPE.

Apr 10, 2013 1:26 | 0 replies

Too much alcohol, maybe they should test fans before they go in

Apr 10, 2013 2:56 | 0 replies

@Shredder
@finidi
Please ban the Vuvuzelas.
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I support this.

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You both are mad.

Apr 10, 2013 3:54 | 0 replies

madimetsha
@Shredder
@finidi
Please ban the Vuvuzelas.
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I support this.

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You both are mad.

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Ah Yes, resort to name calling and insults instead of defending ones point. Uncivilized behavior 101

Apr 10, 2013 3:58 | 0 replies

@finidi ur reason is lame..ban it because u cannot tell who its meant for...you should be watching at home cause u are sounding like those coconuts who want us to sing like the English...
STADIUM 101: The team that is attacking or scored is the one whose fans will blow the vuvuzela the loudest.

Apr 10, 2013 4:11 | 0 replies

@Morphius
@finidi ur reason is lame..ban it because u cannot tell who its meant for...you should be watching at home cause u are sounding like those coconuts who want us to sing like the English...
STADIUM 101: The team that is attacking or scored is the one whose fans will blow the vuvuzela the loudest.
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And the people who want banning of vuvuzela, never go to the stadium, they want to ban while sitting at home, those of us who go to the stadium, love it, and it will stay that way....

Apr 10, 2013 5:22 | 0 replies

@finidi, I personally feel a vuvuzela is a separate issue on its own that was risen sometime ago, whether be that it unsettle/cause discomfort to other players who are not used to such noise(e.g.Europian players) or cause too much noise that may be harmful to other spectators. As for the issue at hand (security),they are way off the mark.As a spectator i don't see myself attacking someone or a ref with a vuvuzela,i will use my fist. In short i mean if a vuvuzela is be banned,that should be for a different reason not for being used as a weapon.Amen

Apr 10, 2013 11:12 | 0 replies

@Letanta, its precisely because I go to stadiums and watch games live that I don't want Vuvuzelas. They are so monotonous, you don't know which supporters are making the most noise coz EVERYONE is blowing a Vuvuzela making the same noise. And that crap (excuse my Greek) that Vuvuzelas are part of our soccer culture is complete nonsense. Unique? Yes, but I don't think they better ones experience while watching a football match live. If they made unique sound for each team then I'd understand and be for them being at the stadium. I say NO MORE VUVUZELAS.

Apr 10, 2013 10:25 | 0 replies