Pirates sanctioned for fan violence

The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee (PSL DC) has finally concluded the disciplinary proceedings against Orlando Pirates relating to the fan violence which occurred during last season’s away match against Mamelodi Sundowns.

With the team trailing 6-0 against the Brazilians, a section of Orlando Pirates supporters invaded the pitch and also vandalised the stadium and broadcast equipment.

Following a lengthy period, the Premier Soccer League has released this statement: “The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has handed down its sanctions against Orlando Pirates FC arising from the crowd violence which took place at Loftus Stadium on February 11 2017 during the club’s match against Mamelodi Sundowns FC.

“The Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned Orlando Pirates by ordering that the club must play two home matches in a closed stadium. The implementation of one of these matches has been suspended for a period 24 months.

“In the Disciplinary Committee’s opinion, the sentence was warranted because of the seriousness of the misconduct.

“In addition, the Disciplinary Committee was of the view that a sanction of this nature is the only way in which the fans of the club could be punished simultaneously with the club, for their errant behaviour during football matches.

“Orlando Pirates was also ordered to pay the costs of the sittings of the Disciplinary Committee.”